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About Kali Puja

Every year on the second day of the festival of Diwali, Kali Puja is observed, mainly in the eastern parts of India, including the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam and also in the neighbor country: Bangladesh. It is mostly the Bengalis who celebrate this day with maximum zeal and worship Goddess Kali.

Goddess Kali is the reincarnation of popular Hindu deity: Goddess Parvati, and thus, every year to pay tribute to her, the festival of Kali Chaudas is celebrated in eastern India.

This puja is also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja. This festival according to the traditional Hindu calendar is observed in the month of Kartik, on the new moon day, and as per the Gregorian calendar, which is a Thursday and also happens to be the main day of the festival of Diwali, which is the biggest festival in the entirety of India.

While eastern India will observe Kali Puja on the 19th of October, other parts of the country would be observing the pan-Indian Lakshmi Puja in their homes and offices, as she is known as the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

The major highlights of Kali Puja celebrations include the ‘’bhog’’ which is the Prasad for the puja, served in almost every pandal that is set up to worship the goddess in various parts of eastern India.

This bhog includes dishes like Khichudi that is ‘’Khichdi’’, labra, luchi (pooris), as well as some vegetables. Once the puja gets concluded in the night, people get to savor on dishes like rice and goat-meat curry, as bhog in the night.

This year, the muhurat of the Kali Puja is as under:

19th October 2017, 00:13 a.m.—Amavasya Tithi begins

19th October 2017, 00:41 a.m—Amavasya Tithi ends

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