Phalaharini Kali Puja.
The new moon day of May 25 2017 marks Phalaharini Kali Puja, a special night dedicated to Mother Kali. The name Phalaharini means ‘She who takes the fruit’, it has a double meaning in relation to Mother Kali. According to popular legend it was on this night that Lord Krishna took the form of Kali in order to fool the husband of His lover Sri Radha. He asked Radha to gather the fruits of the forest and place them at His feet as if in worship, Krishna then assumes the form of Phalaharini Kali, She who takes the fruits.
Phalaharini Kali Puja is said to be an extremely auspicious time to worship Kali, because in this form as Phalaharini, she takes away the fruits of our Karma or actions. We see in the image of Kali she wears a skirt of severed human arms, though on first appearances it seen like quite a macabre image, the symbolism is very deep. The arms represent our actions, and Mother Kali wears them as an ornament. We leave the fruits of our actions at the feet of Phalaharini Kali on this night as an offering of worship.
In recent history Phalaharini Kali Puja gained notoriety as the night Thakur Sri Ramakrishna worshipped His wife as the Divine Mother, and His followers around the world offer special worship to Maa Sarada on this occasion. This pastime of Thakur came about after the conclusion of years of intense spiritual practice, He placed everything at Her feet, all the fruits of His austerities, worship and devotion, never before have we seen a male spiritual leader give so much importance to womanhood as Sri Ramakrishna. I pray Mother Kali takes the fruits of our actions on this holy night, and in turn offers us the fruits of Her blessings.
from ramanandan http://ift.tt/2rjGKUi