Kali puja also known as Shyama Puja is a very well known Hindu festival. This festival is totally dedicated to goddess Kali. This pooja is performed in the bengali month of kartik on the new moon day. Goddess Kali is considered to be the incarnation of Goddess Durga.
This puja is widely celebrated among the people of west bengal, orissa, assam and eastern india. Most of the rituals of this pooja start at midnight. Devotees perform the rituals with full dedication. Followers of goddess Kali consider her as the most powerful goddess.
Her name comes from the sanskrit name ‘Kala’ which means black or lord of death. Goddess Kali is known as the destroyer of evils. The main reason for performing this pooja is to get the help of the Goddess in destroying the evil. It is necessary to perform Kali Puja with full devotion as Maa Kali is associated with dark rites.
Performing this puja also removes negative influence of the Saturn planet. Worshipping Devi Kali also helps one get rid of negative energies like ego, anger and jealousy.
Who should perform Kali Puja?
The person who is suffering from any family problems or financial issues should perform this puja. It also boosts the confidence of the devotee and provides positivity and stamina.
Goddess Kali also protects the devotees from mental and physical issues. If a person is suffering from any disease or illness then he/she should perform this puja.
Devotees also perform this puja to get rid of all the negative people from the life. If one is suffering from any type of negativities or painful events in life, then worshipping Goddess Kali will solve all the problems.
If there are in obstacles in married life then performing Kali puja will help in building a happy married life. Performing this puja will also protect her devotee from all the forms of black magic.
Benefits of doing Kali Puja
There are many benefits of performing the Kali Puja by following the exact vidhi. This puja removes all types of negative energies and waves from the home and workplace. It will also protect the devotees from any negative power and also lifts up their stamina.
Goddess Kali is also considered as the most powerful and strongest form of Goddess Durga. She also fills happiness in the house of devotees. The puja will remove all kind of impurities. Also, it will remove darkness from the life of devotees.
It will help you to recover from prolonged illness and also from many incurable ilnesses.
The puja will protect a person from evil spirit and black magic. It will also remove all the obstacles while running a business and bring success in education and career. Additionally, it will protect the person from bad influence of planet Saturn.
When should I perform Kali Puja?
One should perform Kali Puja at night on the Kartik Amavasya that falls in the month of October or November. Most of the time, Kali Puja and Diwali Puja fall on the same day. But sometimes, Kali Puja may fall one day before the Diwali Puja. Most people worship Goddess Lakshmi on Amavasya during Diwali.
There are many devotees who also perform the Kali puja during Navratri that precede Diwali. People suffering from bad effects of Shani should offer prayers to Goddess Kali on Kali Chaudas which is Dhantrayodashi. Perform Dus Maha Vidya MahaKali Puja to get rid of negativity.
How to perform Kali Puja?
The Kali Puja starts with placing the image or idol of Goddess in a sacred place. Devotees believe that the image or idol of goddess contains great energy. Place small bowls of uncooked rice, salt, rice, spring water and flowers on a platter. Worshippers offer gifts and also write prayers to the goddess on colored paper.
One should begin with meditation to seek blessings of the goddess. Worshipers also chant ‘Om Maa’. Then, use salt water to purify the sacred space. Use uncooked rice to draw a triangle with a point facing Kali’s image.
The devotees get red flower after naming manifestations of Kali, going in a clockwise direction. Devotees also perform breathing exercises and chant the mantras to seek the blessings of Kali. All the devotees who attend the puja receive a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and a flower.
Materials required for Kali Puja
One can also consult an expert regarding the materials required to perform the Kali Puja. The materials for the puja are Kumkum, Coconut, Ashtagandha, Supari, Panch Dhatu, Sandalwood, Kapus (Cotton Balls), Agarbatti, Flowers, Wood Burning Lighter Fluid, Urad Dal, Kali Bahuli, Betel leaves with stem, Colors, Purnapatre, Akshata.
Seven types of grains like White Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Green Peas, Chickpeas, Brown Lentil, Gram etc. Hawan Samagri, Shankha, Haldi, Rice Grains, Kalash, Ganga Jal, Niranjan, Kapur, Pure Ghee, Gud, Dhoop etc.
Cost of performing Kali Puja
The price to perform this puja ranges from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 6500. It also includes the cost of the materials required to perform the puja. One can also consult an expert regarding the technique and procedure to perform the puja.