During the Autumn season, you got to be in India 🇮🇳. The festive season here has just started with the Durga Puja followed by Dusshera. And yesterday and today are both very special days again.
We in Bengal celebrated Kali Puja yesterday and the celebrations are still on. Kali is a Hindu Goddess.
Kali’s earliest appearance is that of a destroyer of evil forces. Over time she has been worshipped by devotional movements and tantric sects as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe. She is also seen as a divine protector and the one who bestows moksha or liberation. Kali is worshipped by Hindus throughout India, especially in Bengal.
Kali is portrayed mostly in two forms. The popular four-armed form, Dakshinakali and the ten-armed Mahakali form. In both her forms, she is described as being black in colour but is most often depicted as blue in popular Indian art. Her eyes are described as red with intoxication, and in absolute rage, her hair is shown disheveled and her tongue is lolling. She is also often shown naked or just wearing a skirt made out of human arms and a garland of human heads. She is also accompanied by serpents and a jackal while standing on the calm and prostrate Shiva, another God that we worship. Shiva is said to have become so enchanted by Kali that he performed austerities to win her, and having received the treasure of her feet, held them against his heart in reverence. More about Shiva in my previous post Amarkantak.
In the ten-armed form of Mahakali, she is depicted as shining like a blue stone. She has ten faces, ten feet and three eyes for each head. She has ornaments decked on all her limbs. She has no association with Shiva.
On this auspicious occasion let’s go around. And get a feel of our celebrations 🕺💃
Let’s hear them out Their presence and their art makes our celebrations, even more exciting. And we want more and more. Want them to play on and on 👻
The celebrations go late into the night and often to the next morning. After the Puja is over, Bhog or offering to the Mother in the form of cooked food consisting of Khichri (a dish made from Rice and lentils), Mixed vegetables, Chutney (a mixture containing fruit, spices, sugar) and Kheer (An Indian sweet dish made out of milk & rice) is distributed to all devotees.
Creativity is a part of our Indian culture and plenty of it can be seen during these festivals.
And today we celebrate Deepawali or Diwali all across the country.
Deepawali, the festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. It commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile.
Diwali celebrations may last for up to five days. People decorate their home and workplaces with tiny electric lights or small clay oil lamps. Many people make a special effort to clean their homes before Diwali. They wear new clothes and give gifts of sweets to family members, close friends and business associates. Fireworks are set off in the evening. Melas (fairs) are held in many towns and villages. Time to celebrate. Let’s get going.
And to all our followers and readers outside India. Come to India. Celebrate happiness. Experience, India Beautiful 🇮🇳