10th Annual Festival
November 2, 2013
Begun in 2004, this year marked the 10th anniversary of SHARANYA’s Kali Puja Festival. Designed to welcome newcomers and provide spiritual seekers of all backgrounds an introduction to the Divine Mother, we came together on the night of November 2, 2013 to sing Her praises, offer our devotions, and worship Maa Kali as The Ageless One, Goddess of Crossroads, Black Mother, She Who is Beyond Time.
Fifty-one of us were present for the puja, a heterodox ceremony that incorporates traditional elements from both Vedic and Tantric rites. Hindus, Pagans, Sufis, and a collection of multi-religious and spiritual people assembled with reverence and respect to honor Her. Chanting Her names and opening through the gateways provided by age-old spiritual techniques, we together came to understand ourselves, one another and the Divine more deeply through our communion and worship.
As the darkness creeps in just before we welcome community to our celebration, we light our altar flames and ground ourselves in a personal sankalpa, our intention, for the night. Feeling the temple awaken through this simple task, we begin to transition our awareness to Her more pointedly, the details of our ritual preparations now…
Altar building is a craft the SHARANYA community has perfected over the years. For our festivals, we each contribute a personal murti or offering from our home altars to add to the collective energy of our presentation in reverence to Maa. We ground this in our temple’s center image, which has been the focus of…
On November 2, 2013, kaula and community gathered at the Cultural Integration Fellowship to worship Maa Bata Kali, the Ageless, Timeless Mother Goddess Kali, She of the Crossroads. Here she stands resplendent after the puja (worship), full with devotees’ offerings.