• By Elizabeth U. Harding 

    An introduction to the worship of the Divine Mother at one of Her most living temples.

    This beautiful book provides a wealth of information about the worship of Goddess Kali by giving an intimate and detailed description of Kolkata’s famous Dakshineswar temple and Ma Bhavatarini, the form of Kali worshipped there.  Learn about the temple’s festivals & daily rituals, and discover inspiring accounts of some of this tradition’s ecstatic saints.  A great introduction to Kali worship.  Paperback, original photographs.

  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Calcutta, India.  Kali here is in her benign form.  She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali.  Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden.

  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Calcutta, India.  Kali here is in her benign form.  She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali.  Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden.

  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Calcutta, India. Kali here is in her benign form. She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali. Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden. This photo prompted Usha to write the book "Kali, the Black Goddess of Dakshineswar," and indirectly started Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach.
  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Calcutta, India. Kali here is in her benign form. She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali. Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden.
  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Calcutta, India. Kali here is in her benign form. She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali. Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden.
  • Ma Dakshineswari Kali of Laguna Beach, California. This photo was taken during one of Kali Mandir’s festivals. Ma is adorned with her favorite hibiscus flowers. Sri Haradhan Chakraborti, the main pujari of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, brought this image from Calcutta and installed her in Laguna Beach in 1993. Ma Dakshineswari is being worshipped daily at Kali Mandir.
  • Translated by Swami Nikhilananda

    The living words of a God-intoxicated sage. An English rendering of the Bengali Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita – the  conversations of Sri Ramakrishna with his disciples, devotees, and visitors, recorded by Mahendranath Gupta or “M”, a direct disciple of the Master.  This translation by Swami Nikhilananda, a direct disciple of Holy Mother, is considered a true masterpiece and has become a spiritual classic.  This is a living book, a spiritual companion that answers the questions of the soul.  Hardback. 1064 pp. with photographs.

    Price $35.50.  Please call (949) 494-1906 or email devotees@kalimandir.org.  Let us know your shipping address so that we can let you know the shipping costs.
  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Calcutta, India. Kali here is in her benign form. She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali. Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden. This photo prompted Usha to write the book "Kali, the Black Goddess of Dakshineswar," and indirectly started Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach.
  • Ma Kali blesses Sri Ramakrishna in the Panchavati, the holy grove at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 – 1886) avatar, mystic and passionate worshipper of the Divine Mother Kali, taught the harmony of religions.  “God is One, sages call Him/Her by various names.”

  • This photo was taken at dusk from the roof of the kuthi from where Sri Ramakrishna used to call out for his inner circle of devotees to come to him.
  • This book contains the teachings of Sri Sarada Devi, the divine consort of Sri Ramakrishna.  Lovingly called Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi is here presented in all her rustic simplicity, which breaks barriers and is inspired by a universal love.  She said, “I can’t contain myself when somebody draws near me and calls me ‘Mother’!”  Taken from 38 reminisces of her direct disciples and devotees.  Paperback. 409 pp. 

  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India. Kali here is in her benign form. She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali. Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden. This photo prompted Usha to write the book "Kali, the Black Goddess of Dakshineswar," and indirectly started Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names. Sri Ramakrishna stands in Samadhi being held by his nephew Hriday.
  • Ma Dakshineswari Kali of Laguna Beach, California. Sri Haradhan Chakraborti, the main pujari of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, brought this image from Kolkata, India, and installed her in Laguna Beach in 1993. Ma Dakshineswari is being worshipped daily at Kali Mandir.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names.
  • Ma Dakshineswari Kali of Laguna Beach, California. This photo was taken during one of Kali Mandir’s festivals. Ma is adorned with her favorite hibiscus flowers. Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the main pujari of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, brought this image from Kolkata, India, and installed her in Laguna Beach in 1993. Ma Dakshineswari is being worshipped daily at Kali Mandir.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names. Sri Ramakrishna lived in this room in the Dakshineswar Kali temple compound for 15 years.
  • The story goes that one priest slipped while carrying this image. Krishna’s foot got broken and, since a broken image should not be worshipped, pandits recommended to immerse it in the Ganga. The Rani, who built the Dakshineswar Kali Temple was heartbroken because she had become very attached to this image of Krishna. Sri Ramakrishna came to the rescue. He said,” If you son in law breaks his leg, will you throw him into the Ganges?” Sri Ramakrishna himself fixed this image.
  • This is a photo of the famous Dakshineswar Kali Temple where Sri Ramakrishna ardently worshipped Ma Bhavatarini Kali for 30 years.
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    These extensive, detailed and interesting reminiscences of those who knew Sri Ramakrishna provide the modern reader with a vivid sense of how he lived daily the spiritual message he taught, and how he excelled in opening a path for God into the human heart.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Paperback

     

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