The Kālī Pūjā Festival is a held every year on the new moon night in the month of Aśvin (October-November). For this occasion, Shree Maa decorates the temple with paintings of red-colored feet, representing Divine Mother Kālī’s entering our temple to be worshiped, and many special offerings such as kitchari, labra, and saak are prepared.
An incredible evening of Kālī Pūjā and the chanting of Mother Kālī Thousand Names with many songs ensues. Shree Maa and Swami Satyananda Saraswati lead the Pūjā, following the mantras of the Kālī Pūjā book and substituting a squash for the animal sacrifice.
Similar celebrations are held on the new moon of the lunar months of Margashirsha (usually December) and Jyestha (usually June) for the Ratanti Kālī Puja and Phalaharini Kālī Pūjās, respectively.
Each of these most holy days is an occasion to call out to Divine Mother Kālī, asking Her to help us overcome the darkness of ignorance within our minds and illuminate our lives with Divine Light and true wisdom.