11th Annual Festival
October 25, 2014
Begun in 2004, this year marked the 11th 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 October 25, 2014 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.
The time of year takes us inward and we use the objects and words of ritual to enliven the cosmic dance.
Agni comes to us passionate and awake, seeking change and creating clean spaces for transformations to happen.
Vayu breathes and the world opens.