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  • Devotees pray to the Goddess Shitala, an incarnation of the Supreme Goddess Durga, to protect them and cure them from disease. This image of Shitala resides at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach
  • This beautiful sandstone image of Lord Hanuman was a surprise donation arriving at Kali Mandir in 2007 a day before Guru Purnima.
  • In Hinduism, the goddess Durga, also known as Shakti or Devi, is the protective mother of the universe. She is one of the most popular deities, a protector of all. Sitting astride on a lion or tiger, the multi-limbed Durga battles the forces of evil in the world. In Sanskrit, Durga means "a fort" or "a place that is difficult to overrun," an apt metaphor for this deity's protective, militant nature. Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings." This particular Durga image is being worshipped at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • Swami Bhajanananda is a Hindu monk and resident main pujari at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and head of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis. He is the author of innumerable books on Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, Swami Vivekananda and Vedanta.
  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Goddess Shitala image at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.

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