Durga-Kali-Chandi-an unified form, Navaratri/Durga Puja The festivals of Navaratri and Durga Puja, honoring the goddess, begin on the month of Ashwin and last for nine days. The goddess is known by many names, including Kali, Lakshmi, and Durga. This festival particularly celebrates her power, or shakti, with which she destroys evil. The Puranas describe the goddess sitting astride a lion, with her weapons. They also tell of her long, fierce battle against the buffalo demon, and her victory on the ninth day. In the other parts of the country, the festival is celebrated as Navaratri. Durga Puja is celebrated with the greatest enthusiasm in the eastern state of Bengal. During these nine days, devotees of Durga build pandals, or tents, that show Durga in her different forms. Communities compete among themselves to create the best pandals, and these pandals show off the creativities of numerous artisans. The images display magnificent clothing and jewelry as well as artistic skill. Each evening, devotees gather to view the pandals and see which is the best. Each day of the nine days brings different pujas and events. On the final day, which is the Dusshehra, the images are taken to a body of water for immersion.
Formation of Devi Kalika : She incarnates to help devi Chandi, who was fighting to demolish Raktabeeja, the leader of the Asura. Seeing other asura fall, he attacked the goddess in person; when from every drop of blood that fell from his body a thousand asuras equal in power to himself arose. At this crisis another form of the goddess, named Chandi, came to the rescue. As Kali drank the blood and prevented the formation of new asuras, Chandi killed the asura herself.
Kali is represented as a black fierce form with four arms; in one hand she has a sword, in another the head of the asura she has killed, with the other two she is encouraging her worshippers. For earrings she has two dead bodies; wears a necklace of skulls; her only clothing is a cover made of dead men’s hands, and her tongue protrudes from her mouth. Her eyes are red , and her face is fierce form. The position of Devi Kalika is noted by the fact that, when her victory over the asuras was won, she danced for joy so furiously that the earth trembled. At the request of the gods Siva asked her to stop but owing to her excitement, she did not notice him, he lay down, She continued dancing until she caught sight of her husband under her feet; immediately her tongue came out with shame at the disrespect she had shown him. This is a common story we all know. In mythology and Skanda puran she is a form of Devi Chandi…and she saves the universe from the demon. The ultimate win over evil power.
The Markandeya Puran signifies Kali as a form of Lakshmi. The origin of all things is Maha Lakshmi, who visibly or invisibly pervades and dwells in all that is. Separating from herself the quality of darkness, she gave origin to a form black as night, with dreadful tusks and large eyes, and holding a sword, a goblet, a head and a shield, and adorned with a necklace of skulls. She is distinguished by the names of Mahakali, Kalratri, and other similar forms. Then from the quality of purity she produced Sarasvati. As soon as they were formed, Maha Lakshmi thus addressed Mahakali and Sarasvati.