Nir jhaal (without water and without food) fasting for more than 28 hours, our sadhana is to be in meditation and in tapasya to rid our egos, our desires and our greed while in obeisance of Her puja (prayer).
As we speak, Malaysian Bengalee Association in Port Dickson is preparing for the puja to begin with ladies preparing prasad and bhog (offerings) for the Goddess.
There are many versions of Maa Kali as there as many different forms of Maa Durga.
𝐃𝐚𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐢 is the goddess who grants boons and is regarded as the most popular form of Kali. She appears as a beautiful young woman standing on the breast of a Śhiva who is lying blissfully on the ground beneath Her.
𝐒𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐡𝐢 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐢 is the Kali who gives the Ashta siddhis –Aṇima, mahimā, garīmā, laghimā prāpti, prākāmya, iṣitva, and vaṣitva.
𝐆𝐮𝐡𝐲𝐚 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐢 has Her name from the word Guhya meaning secret, private, concealed or hidden.
𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐢 is a benevolent goddess. Sri first appears in the Vedic texts where She is the goddess of generosity, radiance, beauty and grace. In Kali’s cluster, Srikalika is not only a benevolent and generous goddess, She is also a link to the cluster of deities that emerge from Lakshmi. Considered as the combination of both goddesses, goddess Lakshmi Kalika, She is benevolent, generous and grants joy, pleasure and luxury to Her devotees.
𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐥𝐢 appears a few times in the early Shakta literatures. She is mentioned twice in the Kurma Purana and plays a major role in the Devi Mahatmya. Bhadrakali is one of the most terrifying Kalis in evidence. She joins the Devi to slaughter demons on the battlefield.
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐚 – When Caṇḍa and Muṇḍa tried to capture Ambikā, She became terribly angry and Her face turned black. From the surface of Her forehead appeared Kali, of terrible countenance, armed with a sword and a noose.
𝐒𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐚 is the Kali of the Cremation ground. If Kali has Her left foot forward on Shiva then She is known as ‘Smashan Kali,’ or Vama Kali. Vamakali is usually worshipped only by non-householders as the austerities and the penances are extremely severe.
𝐌𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐥𝐢 is the cosmic manifestation of Kali. ‘Maha,’ means great, strong, mighty, abundant, or light, lustre, brilliance, while Kali means black or time. As Mahakali, the goddess is creator, maintainer, destroyer, suspender and re-creator of the cosmos. Mahakali has ten heads, ten mouths, ten feet and holds in Her ten hands, a club, a bow, a bolt, a trident, a bhuśuṇḍī (a weapon that looks like a sickle), a sword, a discus, a skull, a conch and an arrow.
It is believed that when you offer your heart to Maa Kali, She will lead you by your hand and deliver you at the gateway of your heart’s desires.
No matter what beliefs many have about Her, to the Bengali, She completes our altars and is the ultimate form of worship and is the burial place of all our negative emotions – only Maa Kali can offer you the deliverance to your Self.