Kali Puja for Home Use

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One may follow any desired format or one already in use from one’s own spiritual path to do this, making sure to purify the objects and the surrounding space with salt water that you have blessed. Then, taking handfuls of rice, draw on the seat in front of you (or in the center of the circle), a triangle whose point faces the image or representation of the goddess that has been installed or temporarily set up. While doing so, read (or have someone else read) the following invocation:

OM ADHARA SAKTAYE NAMAH
pronunciation: AUM ahd-hah-rah shahk-tah-yay nah-mah-hah
(Primordial Energy of the Goddess, we bow to you)

OM KURMMAYA NAMAH
pronunciation: AUM koor-mah-yah nah-mah-hah
(That which holds up all Existence, we bow to you)

OM ANANTAYA NAMAH
pronunciation: AUM ah-nan-tah-yah nah-mah-hah
(That which is She Infinite, we bow to you)

OM PRTHIVYAI NAMAH
pronunciation: AUM pr-theev-yai nah-mah-hah
(The glory of Mother as Earth, we bow to you)

Then invoke the ten directions, specifically adding the following mantra after the directions are called:

OM AIM HRIM KLIM CAMUNDAYAI VICCE
pronunciation: AUM eye-m hreem kleem chah-moon-dah-yai veech-chay
(Infinite awareness knows the One, the Many and She who unites them, transforms them, and makes them whole)

Next, a devotional invocation to the Eight Mothers (Asta Matrikas) as given in the Agni Purana is made. Call upon these guides as Brahmani, Mahesvari, Kaumari, Vaisnavi, Varahi, Aindri, Chamunda and Mahalaksmi. (Other versions of these deities are found in other texts.) You may use my invocation, if you’d like.

With the naming of each goddess, place a red flower around the rice triangle you have just made, beginning at the point and going clockwise. Then, invoke the four elements, making sure to include their representations as Avani (Earth), Jalam (Water), Agni (Fire), and Vayu (Air). One may also include Akasa (Spirit/Ether) to complete the mahabhutas, or gross elements.

Now, the process of expressing a yearning for Kali truly manifests. Begin by centering with focused breath on the heart, and then call Her forth:

OM KRIM KALYAI NAMAH
pronunciation: AUM kreem kahl-yai nah-mah-hah
(We call and bow to Kali, She who is all Life, with honor and respect)

OM HRIM SRIM KRIM PARAMESVARI KALIKE SVAHA
pronunciation: AUM hreem shreem kreem para-mesh-vah-ree kah-lee-kay svah-hah
(Great Goddess Kali, by the power of your all-pervading nature and supreme perfection, She who is the mystery of life, death, and regeneration, we are One with you)

OM KALI KALI MAHAKALI KALIKE PAPAHARINI DHARMARTHAMOKSADE DEVI NARAYANI NAMO-STUTTE
pronunciation: AUM kah-lee kah-lee maHA-kah-lee kah-lee-kay pah-pah-har-ee-nee dhar-mar-ta-mok-shah-day day-vee nah-rah-yah-nee nah-mo stoo-tay
(Greatest of All, Kali, Great Goddess who is the revealer of Truth, Kali who is with us in life, make our path one of peace and virtue, bring us your strength for liberation, for self-awareness, for the awakening of our spirit, our planetand all beings, Kali, you who are All, we bow to you!)

Prana Pratistha

Here, our life breath is connected to the Mother, imbuing her with our energies for the purposes of this ritual. Chant, honoring her:

OM HRIM SRIM KRIM PARAMESVARI KALIKE SVAHA PRANA IHA PRANAH
pronunciation: AUM hreem shreem kreem pah-rah-mesh-vah-ree kali-kay svah-hah PRAH-nah EE-hah PRAH-nah-hah
(Om Creation, Dissolution, Transformation – the names of the Great Goddess, we are with the Ultimate, for you are the life of all Life)

This is done three times, and after each mantra is said, release a deep breath – HA – into the central space, focusing on the altar and representations/images of Kali. Do this slowly and with intention.

Purification and Puspanjali (Flower Offering)

Take either the salt water or an essential oil of choice, and anoint the third-eye (ajña cakra) with the ring finger of the right hand, continuing to pass the oil around the circle, if applicable. Next, take the basket of red flowers and bless them, saying:

OM PUSPA PUSPA MAHA PUSPA SUPUSPA PUSPA SAMBHAVE PUSPA CAYAVAKIRNE CA HUM PHAT SVAHA
pronunciation: AUM PUSH-pah PUSH-pah maHA PUSH-pah soo-PUSH-pah PUSH-pah SAHM-bha-vay PUSH-pah cha-yah-vah-keer-nay cha hoom paht sva-hah
(Flowers, flowers, great flowers, beautifully heaped and everywhere among us, take away our small selves, bless us, purify us, we are one with the Ultimate All)

Pass around the flowers, making sure everyone present has received one. The flower will accompany the prayer/offering later in the ceremony. Also pass around paper and writing implements.

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