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Kali Puja 2013 - Kali Pooja 2013
Kali Puja in 2013 is going to be observed on 2nd of November 2013. The most auspicious time on this pious day is from 23:44 to 00:36+.
About Kali Puja
First of all, AstroSage wishes all its readers a very Happy Kali Puja in 213! Kali Pooja is basically a Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. Being a Hindu festival, date of Kali Puja is always calculated from the Indian traditional lunar calendar. Festival of Kali Puja is always celebrated on the new Moon day of Diwali festival. Festival of Diwali is usually known for worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, but people of East India worship Maa Kali on this day and hence Diwali is also known as Kali Puja in these regions. However, there is a slight difference in Kali Puja and Diwali. Kali puja is observed on the day when new Moon night prevails at the time of midnight, on the other hand Lakshmi Puja is observed when new Moon night prevails at the time of Pradosh. Hence, Kali Puja and Diwali might also fall at different times. Sometimes, Kali Puja is celebrated a day before Diwali just because of the above mentioned slight difference. Believers of Kali Puja also perform Lakshmi Puja on the full Moon day of lunar month Ashwin.
Legend Behind Kali Puja
Goddess Kali got recognition during 5th and 6th century AD with the composition of Devi Mahatmya. As per the legend mentioned in this scripture, Shambhu and Nishambhu were disturbing Lord Indra. Due to which all Gods started fighting with them. After several endless battles, Gods approached Lord Shiva as well as Goddess Parvati for help. They requested them to provide the protection of Maa Durga or Shakti. In order to give them protection, Goddess Durga created Maa Kali who emerged out of the brow of Durga Maa. And, she named her as Kal Bhoi Nashini.
Goddess Kali was further assisted by her two escorts named Jogini and Dakini to deal with Shambhu and Nishambhu. Kali killed all the demons and after that she started destroying everything that came in front of her sight. In order to stop this mass destruction, Lord Shiva laid down under the feet of Kali. Due to which she got embarrassed and her tongue came out in disbelief of her sin of putting foot over Shiva. That is why we commonly see her image putting foot over Lord Shiva with tongue out.
History of Kali Puja
While celebrating Kali Puja in 2013, it is a good idea to know about the history of this festival. Kali Puja is quite a big festival after Durga Puja in India. As per Hindu mythology, Maharaja Krishnan Chandra was the first devotee of Kali who celebrated Kali Puja. Being the King of his territory, he ordered everyone to celebrate Kali Puja. Since then, Kali Puja became second biggest festival amongst the people of Bengal and Orissa. During Kali Puja, people worship 10,000 images of Goddess Kali. In ancient times, the Kali Puja used to be different. It used to be celebrated as Ratanti Kali Puja.
As per the beliefs, the present image of Maa Kali was discovered through a dream of a proficient scholar of Indian charms and Tantra, Krishnananda Agambagish. He is also the author of Tantric Saar. It is believed that in his dream he was ordered to make the image of Goddess Kali of what he had seen in his dream in the morning. At the time of dawn, Krishnanand saw another image. She was a dark complexioned lady with left hand stuck out and right hand making cow dung cakes. White dots were sparkling over her body. Vermillion was spread all over her forehead as she was wiping sweat. Her hair was untidy and she bit her tongue in shame when she came in front of elderly Krishnanand. This figure of Maa Kali is further envisaged another image of Goddess Kali.
Kali Puja has got special significance in the science of Tantra. It is believed that the time of Kali Puja is really powerful for activating Tantric powers. Apart from this, simply worshipping Goddess Kali makes the devotee blessed with her protection from all evil things. With this, we wish you get blessed with the glory of Goddess Kali. Happy Kali Puja 2013!