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Worshipping the divine power

Rwitacheta Sinha | Kolkata |

The Hindu mythology has always revered women power through its different mythical stories and festivals. It has celebrated feminism over the centuries by worshipping different Goddesses. ‘Kali’ an incarnation of Devi Durga, is the zenith of women power worship. Kali Puja connotes the triumph of good over evil.

Goddess Kali appears in various forms as an embodiment of Shakti, the eternal energy and cosmic power. She is also the Goddess of Tantrism or the Indian Black Magic. Using the powerful imagery of paintings, sculptures, and writings, the celebration of Kali Puja explores and illumines the rich meanings of feminine divinity.

Legend has it that Ma Kali was the Goddess of dacoits. But She is the Goddess of common man the middle-class people, or the daily wage earner too. She is depicted in images with her tongue hanging out and standing over the deity, Lord Shiva. Although the legend is ancient, the Puja was started by Raja Krishnachandra of Navadwipa in the beginning of the 18th century. From the 19th century the festival began to be celebrated in a grand scale.

It was king Krishnachandra’s grandson, Iswarchandra, who along with some of the well known people in the state took the tradition forward. And slowly along with Durga Puja, Kali Puja became the biggest festival in Bengal. Kali puja coincides with Diwali, the much awaited festival after Durga puja. During Diwali, children burst crackers and have their share of enjoyment.

Diwali essentially signifies the need for light in our life and portrays that no matter what, the good will always triumph over the evil and light will show the path in darkness. Kali as the epitome of Shakti, portrays feminism at its heights.

In this so called modern age, where some people are still working against the evolution of womankind, Goddess Kali acts as like a great barrier that can never be broken. She is the ultimate power, the ultimate creator of this world.

(Coordinator, St Josephs’ Convent, Chandannagar)