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I did locate a blog ( ) which lists the names of. Bengal Kali Puja Kali Mantras. Like. Kali Yantra. Kali Names. Share. 3. Share. Ashtottara Shatanamavali of Goddess Kali. Useful Tips. Kali is the first of the Das Mahavidya and the fiercest aspect of Goddess Durga. Kali is considered Kali Ashtottara Shatanamavali – Names of Goddess Kali .

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A guide for seekers and born Hindus. A book list for all levels-introductory to advanced,for knowing more about Hindu philosophy. Ashtottara Shatanamavali of Goddess Kali drikpanchang. I shatanamava,i it would help to know basic Sanskrit. If I was a Roman Catholic it might help to know Latin. However, in the meantime, I would like to know the meaning of these titles.

Unfortunately, English is the only language in which I am conversational. Also, I’m in shatanmaavali United States and the majority of Hindu temples exist for the immigrant community.

Not an answer to your question, it might be simpler to start with a short song like this compositionyou can hear it on youtube. Also, for fierce ugra devatas like Kali or Narasimha, if you are doing any serious practice, it is good to have guidance. Guidance is a little hard to find for Her in my part of the planet. But thank you for the link. I dont have experience in sadhana with ugra devatas. But one important advice that is given is that if one is doing sadhana without any expectation of some material goal in mind, but just out of love and for inner progress, then mistakes dont matter so much.

This is especially relevant for ugra devatas.

That said, the practice even if difficult, can lead to quicker progress relative to gentler deities see page 9 of this document. Thank you for the link.

The essence of the document is that it is better to make an attempt at a rite than to do nothing at all. Some tantric rites appear to be so complicated that you wonder how anyone has the time to do them. But one point to note is that the document is mainly written for people pursuing inner change or practicing out of a sense of love.


If one is aiming for some material goal, then the rules can be stricter.

108 Names of Goddess Kali | Ashtottara Shatanamavali of Goddess Kali

For instance, the author recommends asytottara the benefits at the practice at the end by saying ‘sarvam sri krishnarpanamastu’ sarvam – everything, arpana – dedicate. Another way is to dedicate this by saying ‘sri sadgurunarpanamastu’ at the end.

Here one is dedicating to the Guru tattwa which leads people out ashtottaara their traps. You can say it in English and dedicate to some benevolent force. Note that this is good for the practitioner too.

For instance, dedicating it to the guru tattwa helps you on the path. I’ve visited the Kali temple near Washington DC, but I was the only non-Indian there and didn’t have a clue as to what was going on.

There are several temples in and around Philly.

You could try going there and asking a priest to help you translate the list. Copy and paste each of the Sanskrit names into the website, and you can work your way through the translations. If you need help with any of them, just ask.

I am not a native Sanskrit speaker either, but I grew up with some Bengali spoken in my household, and as such, most of the names in the list are ones that I know or can puzzle out. Mother Kali has syatanamavali ties to speech and language, though they are usually overshadowed by Her more kalu aspects. Thanks to everyone for the help. I did locate a blog http: It also has a short video of someone reciting them.

She expounds on the meaning of each of MaaKali’s titles. The titles she and the other blog uses are from the Mahanirvana Tantra. It appears there are many doctrinal translations. A bit like the hardcore protestant Christians who translated the name of John the Baptist to “John the Immerser” because they wanted to make ahatanamavali their concept was orthodox.


I want to keep with the original Sanskrit as much as possible, but what’s the point if you don’t know what it means? Then you’re shatana,avali a medieval peasant reciting along words you don’t know. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Log in or sign up in seconds. Welcome to the Hinduism subreddit.

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Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Want to add to the discussion? Also, all this will probably matter only after a practice reaches an intense stage. Kali is not a large part of my current sadhana, but it is always good to be reminded of Her. I like that term. It explains what I keep running into.