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  • 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 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Kolkata, India, and installed her in Laguna Beach in 1993. Ma Dakshineswari is being worshipped daily at Kali Mandir.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • This photo of Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother, was taken at her village home in Jayrambati. It is believed that she grants abundance in this photo. Therefore, her devotees always keep this photo in their kitchen area.
  • Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the late main priest at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India, comes from a lineage of priests. Like his father, he worshipped Ma Bhavatarini Kali throughout his adult life. In 1993, he installed the image of Ma Dakshineswari Kali in Laguna Beach by performing prana pratistha.
  • Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the late main priest at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India, comes from a lineage of priests. Like his father, he worshipped Ma Bhavatarini Kali throughout his adult life. In 1993, he installed the image of Ma Dakshineswari Kali in Laguna Beach by performing prana pratistha.
  • Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was a Hindu monk, chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, and a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.
  • Lord Nataraj is a depiction of the Hindu God Shiva as the divine dancer. His dance is called Tandavam or Nadanta, depending on the context of the dance. This particular image is worshipped at Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach.
  • These deities of Radha and Krishna reside at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach. They were custom-made for Kali Mandir by a well-known artist in Kolkata who molded them in the likeness of the Radha Krishna images at the Dakshineswar Temple, Kolkata, India.
  • These deities of Radha and Krishna reside at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach. They were custom-made for Kali Mandir by a well-known artist in Kolkata who molded them in the likeness of the Radha Krishna images at the Dakshineswar Temple, Kolkata, India.
  • 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.
  • 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
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