Washington Kali Temple is not just another temple. It is an Indian religious and cultural center where opportunities to deepen your spiritual experience and to participate in community events and gatherings abound. Come and spend some time here. Please meet with our resident priest and feel the power of faith. Participate in and Volunteer for various activities and make a difference to the community.

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Why is Kali temple also called Shiva Shakti Temple

Goddess Ma Kali, Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga jointly represent the manifestation of SHAKTI

Hinduism advocates the worship of God in a variety of ways, the motherhood of God being one of its most distinct features. The fact is that the Ultimate Truth (Brahman) is beyond the grasp of human mind or human intelligence, being nameless, formless, attributeless and unattached. From the highest standpoint of the Ultimate Truth, there is no creation, preservation or dissolution. The phenomenal world or relative existence is the outcome of Brahman’s Shakti or Divine Power, the inscrutable creative power. This Power (Shakti) and the Ultimate Truth (Brahman) are as inseperable as fire and its power to burn, a gem and its lustre or a word and its meaning. All animate and inanimate objects are sprung out from one source – the Universal Energy (Shakti). In Sanatana Dharma, generally known as Hinduism, this Power is known as Divine Mother, a living self-luminous power. This Divine Mother has many divine forms and aspects. God incarnations (Avatars) are the special manifestations of this power.

This Shakti is manifest in the universe. The operation of the world phenomena is founded upon a set of natural laws and universal moral principles. Those laws and principles are the first manifestation of the divine power. It is in that sense that all created beings are the children of the Divine Mother. Yet as children we suffer because of many reasons by which disharmony befalls the world. The world has been anxiously waiting to find relief from pain, suffering, miseries, torture, tyranny, delusion, insecurity, worries, anxieties and the like. In the ancient Hindu texts known as the Puranas, such suffering and expectation is depicted as a constant battle between two forces – the evil and the good. The former is represented by demons that incarnate all forms of human weaknesses and the latter by gods that incarnate the higher virtues. Individuals, societies, nations and even the universal life are subject to and affected by the influence of these forces. In the Hindu texts it is only through the guidance of the Grea Spiritual Power (Maha-Shakti) that peace is re-established bringing joy, assurance and happiness in life to all people.