Accessories of Kali Puja

Homn performed during Kali Puja

Kali Puja or more popularly known as Shyama Puja is a popular Hindu festival celebrated on the new moon night of the Hindu month Ashwin, dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess Kali, the first incarnation of the Goddess Durga. Different traditions and rituals are associated with this festival. Thus usage of many accessories is customary to make this festival even more divine. Hence here is a complete list of accessories needed. This list consists of general requirements which may vary according to different customs and traditions.

Accessories of Kali Puja:

  • Sindur (vermilion)
  • 3 Boron for Guru (Spiritual guide)
  • Purohit (priest)
  • Tantradharak - a Brahmin who reads out from scriptures to the priest to recite it
  • 3 Aashonanguriuk - Finger ring made of koosh
  • Borondala, (whoever have the ritual of Adhibash)
  • 6 Yagnaupabit - a sacred thread
  • Til -Sesame
  • Horitoki - myrobalan
  • Ghat - pot
  • An Earthen Bowl full of Atop (a type of rice)
  • 1 Gamcha -To cover the ghat a piece of cloth
  • 1 Kundohari
  • 1 Tekatha - A triangular frame work of 3 pieces of wood
  • 6 Mirror
  • Pancha Guri (5 coloured dust) -
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Rice Powder
  • Kusum Flower/ Red Aabir
  • Rice Chaff or Coconut Fiber Burnt for The Dark Colour
  • Powdered Wood Apple Leaves (Bel Pata)
  • Pancha Ratna (5 gems) -
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Emerald
  • Pearls
  • Jewel. (Original- Gold, Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, Pearl)
  • Panchagobbo (5 extracts of the cow) -
  • Milk
  • Pure Ghee
  • Curd
  • Cow Dung
  • Cow's Urine
  • Panchasashya (5 food grains) -
  • Paddy
  • Sesame
  • Mashkalai - a kind of pulses)
  • Moong - a kind of pigeon pea)
  • Barley
  • Panchapallab (5 varieties of leaves) - in case of Tantric rituals these leaves are:
  • Jackfruit
  • Mango
  • Ashthya - a kind of Indian fig-tree
  • Banyan
  • Bakul - a flowering plant
  • 4 Arrows
  • Green Coconut with Stalk
  • 1 Wooden Plate
  • 3 Bowls of Madhuparka - a mixture of honey, curd, ghee, sugar for oblation
  • Curd
  • Honey
  • Ghee
  • Sugar
  • Tulsi (basil)
  • 3 Bilwapatramalya - garlands of wood apple leaf
  • Flowers
  • Durba - a kind of grass having three pointed tips etc.
  • A Sati (sari) for Shyamapuja
  • 2 Dhoties - for Vishnu and Mahakal
  • Loha - iron
  • 2 Shankha (Conch Shell)
  • Noth - Nose Ring
  • 1 Sindur Chubri - a cane basket having a small mirror, a comb, two conch shell bangles,
  • one iron bangle, two coral bangles
  • Alta - lac-dye used to paint border of feet
  • Vermilion
  • Few Kories
  • Chandmala - Dangler with circular sponge decorations
  • Bhoger Drobbadi - materials for the feast
  • Things for Homn (fire for yagna) -
  • Sand
  • Wood
  • 1 Khorke - a kind of twig
  • Ghee - 3 bottle
  • 28 or 108 Bilyapatra - wood apple leaves
  • Karpur - Camphor
  • Coconut
  • Tambul/Pan - Beetle Leaves
  • Pan Masala - ingredients used in preparing a beetle leaf
  • 1 Wooden Plate
  • 1 Ghot - a type of pot
  • Flower Garand
  • Goat for Sacrifice
  • Aarati
  • Dakhina - offerings in cash and kind to the priest

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