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Goddess Dakshayani

Dakshayani is one among the numerous names of Mother Goddess Shakti. Goddess Sati is known as Dakshayani. She is known by the name because she was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati.
Goddess Sati had married Shiva against the wishes of her father Daksha.
Daksha once planned to perform an important yajna. He invited everybody but Shiva and Sati was not invited.
Sati considered this as an insult and she took permission from Shiva and went to the place of yajna. Sati was insulted by Daksha.
Sati was filled with anger and sorrow. She declared that she cannot remain in this body which is the result of her father Daksha. She announced that she can longer bear to be called Dakshayani. She then self immolated.
Dakshayani is Goddess Sati. She is dark in color. She is daughter, devoted wife and fierce Kali.

Bishohori Puja at Nartiang Village in Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya – Bishohori Puja Dedicated to Snake Goddess

Bishohori Puja is quite similar to the Manasa Devi Puja observed in Bengal. The puja is dedicated to Snake Goddess and is very popular in the NartiangVillage in Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya. The puja and ritual on the day is dedicated to Goddess Bishohori or Monosha, who is worshipped as the Mother of Snakes.
The ritual is observed during the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon as per Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Times of India reports The temple of Bishohori was built by the ancient Jaintia Kings. Bishohori literally means one who takes away poison. "The Jaintia kings had inculcated this ritual from the plains of erstwhile undivided Bengal bordering their kingdom of Jaintiapur," said Naba Bhattacharjee, working president of the Central Puja Committee. "The kings had integrated this borrowed ritual with their own traditional form of worship, which can be witnessed even today among the followers at Nar…

Bengali Kartik Month in 2017 - Kartik Mash in Traditional Bengali Calendar in 2017

Kartik month is the seventh month in a traditional Bengali Calendar. In Gregorian calendar, the Kartik month begins in Mid October and ends in Mid November. The current year in traditional Bengali Calendar is 1424. In 2017, Kartik month in Bengal begins on (date) October 19 and ends on November 17.

The important rituals and festivals in the month include:
Kali Puja - October 19Diwali - October 19Bhai Ponta - October 21Chuat Puja - October 26Jagdhatri Puja - October 29 Ekadasi days - October 14 and November 14

Kartik Amabashya is on October 19. The day is also observed as Diwali and Kali Puja

Purnima is on November 4

Kartik Puja - November 17

Sri Ramakrishna on Symbolism of Goddess Kali Standing on Shiva

Whatever you perceive in the universe is the outcome of the union of Purusha and Prakriti. Take the image of Shiva and Kali.
Kali stands on the bosom of Shiva; Shiva lies under Her feet like a corpse; Kali looks at Shiva. All this denotes the union of Purusha and Prakriti.
Purusha is inactive; therefore Shiva lies on the ground like a corpse.
Prakriti performs all Her activities in conjunction with Purusha. Thus She creates, preserves, and destroys. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Source - The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna – (page 271 – 2)