Bhadrakali is a Hindu goddess, who is popular in Southern India. She is one of the fierce forms of the Great Goddess Shakti. In Kerala, she is seen as the auspicious and fortunate form of Mahakali who protects the good. This goddess is represented with three eyes and four, sixteen or eighteen hands. She carries a number of weapons, has flames flowing from her head and a small tusk protruding from her mouth.
Bhadrakali Shubh Muhurat:
Bhadrakali Jayanti is observed on the Ekdashi (11th day) of the Krishna Paksha (The dark fortnight of moon) in the month of 'Jyeshta'. The day mostly falls in the months of May or June as per the Gregorian calendar. This year, the day falls on June 5, Saturday.
Significance of Bhadrakali Jayanti:
This day is said to bring worshippers happiness and prosperity. Offering prayers to the Goddess is said to bless believers with good health and all that they desire.
Puja Vidhi of Bhadrakali Jayanti:
Devotees of the Goddess celebrate this festival with pomp. They wear black or blue coloured clothes on this day.
People offer 'Panchamitra Abhishek' to the idol of Devi Bhadrakali using water, milk, sugar, honey and ghee.
Next, they dress up the idol using items of solah sringaar.
After the offerings of coconut water, devotees perform Chandan Puja and Bilva Puja.
In the afternoon, people pray and chant mantras to seek blessings from the Devi.
Then, devotees visit Bhadrakali temples and shrines and perform other rituals in the evening.