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Each year, we come together to celebrate a number of regular festivals and high holy days within our tradition. Public melas (festivals) are a chance to celebrate the Divine with others, be witnessed in community, and share of Her blessings.

Annual Public Celebrations

Kali Puja Festival

A Celebration of Kali Maa and the Quest for Light in the Dark Time of the Year

SHARANYA's 2013 Kali Puja Festival

SHARANYA’s annual Kali Puja Festival is a time to delight in the mysteries of Maa in concurrence with what is known as the puja season in India. First comes Navaratri, the nine nights of Goddess, and then the festival of lights, Diwali. During the amavasya (new moon) of Diwali, Goddess Kali is worshiped throughout West Bengal, Orissa, and Assam.

Kali Puja Videos & Gallery Archives

Enjoy some of our previous pujas on our Galleries page and below through image and song:

 

12th Annual Kali Puja Festival

Begun in 2004, this year on November 14, 2015, we celebrated the 12th anniversary of our Kali Puja Festival at the time of Divali. Designed to welcome newcomers and provide spiritual seekers of all backgrounds an introduction to the Divine Mother, we joined together in song, movement, prayer, and devotion to honor Kali Maa.

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11th Annual Kali Puja Festival

Begun in 2004, this year was the 11th anniversary of our Kali Puja Festival at the time of Diwali, held on October 25, 2014.

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10th Annual Kali Puja Festival

This year marked the 10th anniversary of SHARANYA’s Kali Puja Festival. 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.

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6th Annual Kali Puja Festival (2009)

Joyous song in praises to the Divine Mother, “Jai Maa!” and “OM Maa!” Listen, watch, enjoy, and join us for our next puja or special event. Everyone is welcome in Maa’s house!

Kali Puja Festival 2009

Kali Puja Festival

Yoni Puja Festival

 

A Celebration of Goddess, Women, Earth and The Feminine in All Things

Join us each year around Summer Solstice for a devotional and celebratory festival dedicated to Mahadevi, Great Goddess, and Her most powerful manifestations through the Ten Great Insights, the Most Transparent Revelations of Consciousness, during the auspicious time of abundance in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth…the time when Devī, Goddess, bleeds.

Often, the connection between the power of women’s blood and the paradoxical mystery of the Goddess is most fully recognized in the Crone or Dark Goddess aspect of the Divine because She is the doorway between the worlds of life and death. It is the raudra devīs (fierce goddesses) who, in India, are said to menstruate. In temples dedicated to these intense emanations of śākti (the feminine force), one finds the rites and rituals of the goddess’ ritu, or menstrual blood.

At SHARANYA, we hold this space for Her and for all beings seeking peace, healing, truth and wholeness. During this time, we recognize the power of Her most holy festival of Ambuvāci–the three days the goddess menstruates (beginning on the new moon usually following Summer Solstice)–when the forces of life and death co-join at the temple of Kāmākhyā in northeastern India, birthplace of Tantra and a heartland today of goddess worship.

In our Yoni Puja, we recognize that Her potency is so wild and intense, so sweet and sublime, that whether seen as fierce or mild She is a force offering both comfort and strength…even in our moments of silence and despair. We invite you to be with us. Open in the safe space of our temple to the paradox held in the quiet and the song in order to receive her lessons, as well as Her blessings, during this most auspicious time. If you can’t be with us in person, join us in spirit!

Kamakhya Mandir 2008 during Ambubachi Mela

Devi’s Yoni: The Divine Mother Kamakhya

We are just back from our annual pilgrimage to the sacred goddess sites of Tantrick India. While many friends and loved ones think us crazy for visiting during the hottest time of year, we can’t resist India in the summertime! The reason for our voyage during Summer Solstice is the great Ambubachi Mela, or festival…

 

Kali Puja: The Dark Goddess Awakens

 

A Powerful Ceremony Where East Meets West

SHARANYA’s annual participation in PantheaCon is a tradition going back to 2004, one that fosters community for many devotees of the Divine Mother, especially those who are a long way from our home temple in San Francisco. Many line up long before the ritual begins to ensure participation. The ceremony has evolved over the years, and we open our doors to about 100 celebrants with chant and a moving meditation that guides us into Her mysteries.

PantheaCon 2008 – Kali Puja

This past weekend, SHARANYA hosted our 4th annual Kali Puja presentation at PantheaCon in San Jose. Intended to welcome those not familiar with the Sha’can tradition and ways of honoring the Divine Mother as Kali, our community held space for over 100 lovers of the goddess. It was a splendid, rich gathering as we created…

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