Sanskrit: काली, Kālī
“Kala” means darkness, and Kali takes away that darkness. She takes away the darkness from every individual who strives in the path of perfection by performing the spiritual disciplines of purifying austerities.
“Kala” also means time, and Kali means She who is Beyond Time.
As Prakriti, Mother Nature, Kali dances upon the field of Consciousness (pictured as the broad chest of Lord Shiva) with wild, unselfconscious abandon. She is the primal spirit of Mukti, spiritual freedom.
Kali Mata is the Energy of Wisdom (jnanashakti), and by Her Grace all knowledge is conceived and all wisdom is intuited. With Her wisdom, Kali takes away the darkness of the external world and bestows the True Light of the inner world. Words can neither describe her love nor her grace.
She is our Mother—and the Mother of all the universes. With Her love we become unattached and free from action and reaction, a silent witness resting in universal delight.
Benefits of Worship
When one can reside within, without identification or attachment to the ever-changing externals, then the supreme truth can be realized. This is the path that Kali shows.
By spreading Her darkness over worldly desire, Kali makes seekers oblivious to the transient externals, totally self-contained within.
To worship Mother Kali, we perform Her puja, sing Her names, recite Her mantras, and remember Her in both times of ease and difficulty.
Worship and Celebrations at Devi Mandir
Kali worship is performed daily at the Devi Mandir as part of the Cosmic Puja
A grand Kali Puja festival is a held on the new moon night of the month of Ashwin (October-November). For the puja, Shree Maa decorates the temple with paintings of red-colored feet, representing Divine Mother Kali’s entering our Temple to be worshiped, and many special offerings are prepared. An incredible evening of Kali Puja and the chanting of Mother Kali’s Thousand Names with many songs ensues.
Similar celebrations are held on the new moon nights of the lunar months of Margashirsha (usually December) and Jyestha (usually June) for the Ratanti Kali Puja and Phalaharini Kali Pujas, respectively.
Each of these most holy days is an occasion to call out to Divine Mother Kali, asking Her to help us overcome the darkness of ignorance within our minds and illuminate our lives with Divine Light and true wisdom.
- Kali Puja by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. This is also available as an iPad App.
- Thousand Names of Kali and The Songs of Ramprasad audio recordings sung by Shree Maa. These are overflowing with intoxicating devotion to Mother Kali.
- Kali Puja Video Class Series
- Podcast series of Kali Puja class in English with question/answer sessions available on the Podcast section of this website