Kali Puja – A Holy Ritual Or Black Magic

The day when everyone worships her is known as Kali Puja. Sporting disheveled and unbound hair, she comes naked and adorned with garlands of skulls. In Her one hand, there’s blood bathed scythe, and in the other, she holds a blood-brimming bowl. She is herself the time, the primitive form of Prakriti. She is referred to as the goddess of the battlefields, but within her heart, she’s a mother. She is Kali, the most misunderstood of all the Goddesses. The definition of her attire is itself fearful that leads to several misconceptions of her being an evil Goddess.

However, ever since the advent of Kali Puja festival, some misunderstandings have continued scaring people about the goddess. Even in this 21st-century world, some Indians consider the festival as a ritual of black magic.

Kali Puja A Ritual of Black Magic?

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Photo of “Kali Puja” by Sourav Mondal under CC BY 2.0

Contrary to white magic, black magic is depicted as magic that involves the invocation of the evil spirits only for evil purposes. It draws some malevolent powers. Years ago, there were several conflicts related to worshipping Goddess Kali. While the Vaishnavas solely worshipped Lord Krishna, Shaktas were depicted as the worshippers of Kali. Their conflicts gave rise to numerous misunderstandings. One of the pivotal ones is that Kali Puja being a ritual of black magic. According to the Kali Puja history, this Goddess is dark in color and drinks blood. And surely, anyone hearing it for the first time, this statement is a portrayal of evil. But that’s not how you conclude things. The ritual involves singing Kali Puja songs too. Honestly speaking, the ritual started in the 18th century. With that, Kali Puja was practiced in graveyards too (Shamshan) by the tantrics to gain power. That is, however, just one side of the coin.

Kali Puja A Ritual Ending Black Magic?

According to Kali Puja history, the ritual involves worshipping Ma Kali (by singing Kali Puja songs), who’s the Mother of the Universe. And worshipping the Mother of the Universe cannot bring black magical power, isn’t it? After all, she is a Goddess, more precisely a portrayal of a female warrior who fights all the battles with the devils (Asuras) alone. According to mythology, she is known as the only female warrior who was asked to fight battles and rescue the world from evil. She has protected her children from all evil or devilish things. Therefore, all great saints (Sadhaks) like Ramakrishna, Bama Khepa, and others have kept on worshipping her throughout their lives. In regards to her wars against the devils, she is a symbol of women empowerment. She’s also known as the Mothers Universe who protects her children in different attires (rups).

Although in earlier days people associated black magic with this goddess, it is certainly not true. According to mythology, Goddess Kali is the eternal energy of the universe. Hence, her devotees consider her as a positive supernatural power who is asked for bliss during Kali Puja festival for fulfilling deeds. To the Mother of the universe, all her children are the same. Hence, if anyone asks for bad deeds (such as harming others or other destructive wishes), then it might be considered evil.

Nevertheless, Goddess Kali is the first Goddess of Wisdom out of the ten, hence also known as Mahavidhya. Worshiping her is nowhere considered as evil because she is the one who grants her children’s prosperous wishes. Moreover, she is also termed as Shakti (the supernatural energy). So anyone seeking bad wishes to harm or destroy others wouldn’t be able to run away from these bad deeds. Thanks to Karma, because ‘what you sow, shall you reap!’

Photo of “Kali Puja at Kalighat” by Matthias Rosenkranz under CC BY-SA 2.0

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