Kali Puja in July at our temple is special because it precedes initiation for those who have journeyed with Daughters of Kali, our training circle, the past year and chosen to continue on the path. Today’s puja felt energized with the excitement of uncertainty as well as the blessings of Maa’s mysteries because of this. Adding to the deepened awareness of our footfalls on the spiritual path were the sounds of Anga Puja, worship of the Divine Mother’s body as our own.
An excellent resource for this worship is Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s Shiva Puja book, where you will find the whole of the Sanskrit, plus transliteration and translation. Simply, the puja offers worship to Maa’s body in their various parts, extolling Her virtues as the devotee does so.
After our individual sadhana and internal worship, we praised Maa in our sanctuary with aarati and personal devotions. The circle was opened with gratitudes and a final offering of thanks to all the spirits, guides, ancestors and deities who had joined in the rites.
We will meet again in August, but our rituals will be for our soon-to-be initiates and our elders who choose to rededicate to Her for another year and a day. Blessings to all those who have and who continue to travel the path. Jai Maa!