Sunday, May 16, 2010


MAA KALI is the Supreme Deity of the Saktha religion.

Before going on to the details of Kali upasana, a couple of important points. Some of this may not be known to all.

1. MAA KALI has many Rupas, more than any other Deity in the Hindu pantheon. Ranging from Smasana Kali to Shodasi Kali (also known as Maa Lalitha Tripura Sundari). Not many may be aware that the Tripura Sundari temple in Tripura is Shodasi Kali. That is the local name. The state of Tripura is named after her. She is called Shodasi because of the Shodasi mantra (sixteen lettered mantra) with which she is worshiped.

2. Yes. Kali is worshiped in the SriVidya tradition also. There is a KramaDiksha for that. Medha Samrajya Diksha is the Purna Diksha.

3. Kali Upasana does not have any rigid rules. This is emphasized by all the Tantras. Kali is accessible to everyone irrespective of caste, creed or social status.

3. Kali Upasana ranges from the purely Sattvic Upasana to the extreme form of Tantric Agora Upasana.

4. Though many Tantras emphasize the so called Vira Sadhana, in real life it is seen that Maa Kali is pleased with all types of Upasanas. Though Sri Ramakrishna did learn Tantras fom Maa Bhairavi Brahmani, he did not worship Maa Kali in the Tantra tradition. He was a Kali Bhaktha and worshiped her with Bhakthi. As we all know Sri Ramakrishna was the foremost Kali Bhaktha in living history and had her Dharshan.


  1. Namonarayan,

    Bahut hi uttam jaankari di hai aapne..

    Jai Maa Jai Maa

  2. kali upasna mein Rakt gunja ka prayog ??

    kripya vichar rakhe..!!

  3. jai maa kali maa ko parsan karne ke lea aap ko maa ko men me dharan karna hoga.

  4. Jai Mata Ki !!! likhi jankari bahut achi lagi.
    Mai bhi Maa Mahakali ke darshan ke liye kolkata jane ke bare main soch rha hu. Isliye muje aapke margdarshan ki aawshayakta hai.


    Hi Sankar, I think you are doing a wonderful job of hosting the website dedicated to the Kalighat temple as well as by posting this informative blog.

    Since you seem to be very aware of the technicalities (I mean the puja vidhi at Kalighat), I have been very curious to ask the following question:
    Since Kalighat is a Shaktipeeth, the style of worship is also obviously according to Shakta traditions. But what I have been wondering is do they follow a Vedic worship style or a Dakshinmarga Tantric style of worship with the 22-letter Mahakali Mool mantra? I ask this because whenever I've been there and the pandas (like you have very aptly described) made me repeat the mantras, I was quite dismayed to find that they were the Vedic mantras and not the tantric ones which I had been expecting...
    Could you please throw some light on this?

    Secondly, I guess you are also from the Shakta tradition of worship from South India, living in Kolkata, right? So would you be knowing of any "tantric" or "Kali Sadhak" who can perform a homam for me and my family on a regular basis? He could be based in Bengal or in Assam or even in Bangalore. I ask you this as I have been looking frantically for someone genuine. Just in case, you personally know someone whom you can recommend, please PLEASE let me know.

    You can reach me at



  6. sir,
    Is there any place or person from which i can take diksha of yakshini(any of 64).

  7. Biswatjitji:
    Can you recommend English or Hindi Kali Sadhna Vidhi book or publish on yur blog site the complete Rituals.

    Thank you.
    Best regards

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  10. Where can one start kali uapsana. Where a genune teacher can be found who can give diksha.