Northeast India celebrates ‘Kali Puja’

November 14th, 2007 - 10:23 am ICT by admin  

Agartala, Nov 10 (ANI): Devotees in northeastern parts of the country celebrated “Kali Puja” by offering prayers to Goddess Kali.

Faithful thronged the temples dedicated to Kali, the Goddess of destruction, in Tripura and West Bengal.

Temples and houses were brightly illuminated on the occasion and devotees offered sweets to the goddess.

“Kali symbolises power and she depicts the power of women. Kali is an incarnation of Devi Maa (Durga) and we worship Kali to show our respect towards women,” said Chakraborty, a priest.

“Kali Puja” has evolved from a household ritual to a community event encompassing people from all walks of life.

The festival symbolises the triumph of good over evil and is marked by prayers, processions and musical programmes.

Giant images of Goddess Kali were placed in illuminated and well-decorated “puja-pandals” as part of the festival celebrations.

Innovative and contemporary themes were used for the pandals.

Thousands thronged the famous Umamaheswari Kali temple and Govardhan Kali puja in Agartala.

Goddess Kali is the chief deity worshipped by people in Tripura and West Bengal on the occasion of Diwali when the rest of the country worships Goddess Lakshmi.

According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Kali is the first of the ten incarnations of Goddess Durga. Depicted with a fierce face and terrifying look, Goddess Kali is regarded as the more aggressive form of Goddess Durga.

Kali is worshiped as the Mother Goddess, who is known to destroy all evil and is a fierce fighter for the cause of justice. (ANI)

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