Kali Puja is a Hindu festival that is celebrated across many of the northern states of India and is designed to worship the Goddess Durga of which Kali is one of the ten incarnations of the Goddess, according to India Parenting. The festival of Kali Puja takes place on the night of the New Moon of either October or November each year; those celebrating the festival at home ask the Goddess to protect them from disaster and bring good health to their house. Kali is the warlike incarnation of Durga who protected the Gods from an attack by demons.
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Things you need
- 14 clay lamps
- Red hibiscus flowers
- Copy of Maha Kali Aarti
- Pictures of Durga and Kali
Research the date of the New Moon of October and November using a computer connected to the Internet, check with Hindu websites for the exact date of Kali Puja. Find a copy of the Maha Kali Aarti chant and either copy it or print it from the Internet, learn the chant before Kali Puja occurs. Place pictures of Kali and Durga around the building.
Light 14 clay lamps around the house or building used to celebrate Kali Puja the night before the festival occurs. Light more candles on the morning of Kali Puja and keep lighting candles throughout the day as the evening of the festival approaches; prepare offerings for the Devil to appease the demon and keep him from the building (offerings include rice, meat, hibiscus flowers and liquor).
Draw a traditional Rangoli design on the exterior of the building using paints. Place the prepared offerings for the Devil on a plate and leave for the Devil to consume before preparing a room for meditation to take place in with candles and images of Kali. Meditate and chant the prayer Maha Kali Aarti, repeat the chant and continue meditating throughout the night until dawn when the festival comes to an end.
Celebrating Kali Puja
Tips and warnings
- Learning the Maha Kali Aarti before the festival allows an unbroken meditation to take place throughout the night of Kali Puja.
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