About Shree Mahamaya Kalika
The myths concerning Kali worship derive from at least three different sources. In the Linga-purana Lord Shiva asks Parvati to destroy the demon Daruka, who has been given the boon that he can only be killed by a female. Parvati then enters Lord Shiva's body and transforms herself from the poison that is stored in Lord Shiva's throat. She reappears as Kali, ferocious in appearance, and with the help of flesh eating pisacas (spirits) attacks and defeats Daruka and his hosts. The Kalika Purana, describes her as Siva’s consort and so do several other Tantric texts. On the other hand, According to the Devimahatmya, she is a minor emanation from the angry third eye of the goddess during her battle with the demon hosts of Sumbha and Nisumbha. With her lolling tongue, her role was to lick up every drop of blood of the demon general Raktavija, for otherwise each drop would produce countless clones. She was created as Kaal Bhoy Naashini (destructor of fear) to save the heaven and earth from the growing cruelty of the demons. She set on her way to end the war and kills the devils.
With a tremendous stress of war, Kali enters Gomantak (Goa) in order to take rest along with Dakini and Jogini, Her two escorts. Kali takes up residence in a forest thatched hut with abundant water source and which is known today as Kasarpal. After the great dissolution of the world, she regenerates by shedding her fearful appearance and enters into intimate bond of love between the Divine Mother and her human children with a unique relationship. In this relationship, the worshipper becomes a child and Maa Kaali assumes the form of the ever-caring mother, Shree Mahamaya Kalika. The goddess whose victory is thus celebrated is Mahamaya, the grand illusion which makes desire for possessions and procreation the innate quality of human beings and is thus responsible for the unsatisfactory and transient nature of this life.
She is the Maha Shakti at the back of Her every manifestation. She is the Brahma Shakti manifested to us through the form of Saraswati. She is Vishnu Shakti manifested to us through the form of Lakshmi. She is also Shiva Shakti manifested to us through the form of Parvati. Shree Mahamaya Kalika is the combination of both Vidya and Avidya in Her supreme form. As the symbol of Avidya, She is omnipresent in the form of Cosmic delusion. And, at the same time as the symbol of Vidya, She is adored as the supreme force of cosmic deliverance, leading the Jiva from the mysterious spiritual deliverance to spiritual wisdom.
The concept of worshipping Shree Mahamaya Kalika is not of recent origin. It was in vogue in the ancient past. Legend records the great poet Kalidasa visited this temple which inspired him to create the great epic ‘Meghdoot’. Shree Mahamaya Kalika is worshipped by one and all irrespective of any distinction and bestows the mystic blessing. She exists in form of potent divinity. Devotees regularly visiting this temple are mostly Daivadnya Brahmins. The Goddess Mahamaya Kalika is also the Isht Devta (tutelary deity) of all Daivadnya Brahmins and pay homage to the Goddess and provide their services to the temple.
Shree Mahamaya Kalika temple of Kansarpal is one of the most important Hindu monuments in North Goa situated at a distance of 18 Kilometers from Mapusa. Temple finds a place in any Goa temples travel plan due to a huge gold Kalash (vessel) on the dome of the temple, unique structure and its fine blend of aesthetics and architectural designs. Temple committee offers the resort for the devotees from all over the country and equally appealing to the foreigners who take back some of the rare and the most cherished moments of their life thus making their trip most perfect one.
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