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Kali Puja – Mahakali Pooja in Bengal

Kali Puja, dedicated to Goddess Kali an incarnation of Shakti, is observed mainly in Bengal, Orissa, Assam and in other eastern parts of India. In 2017, the date of Kali Puja is October 18. Mahakali puja is observed on Maha Amavasya Tithi (the new moon day or no moon day) in the Bengali month of Aashin (October – November). Kali Puja takes place on the Diwali day. The rituals and pujas associated with Kali Pooja begin at midnight.

Goddess Kali is believed to be the human form of the anger of Goddess Durga and she appears to annihilate the most terrible evil. Kali symbolically destroys ignorance and ego and clears the path to realizing ‘Brahman.’ She is also the human representation of the fury that Mother Nature can unleash.

In many areas in eastern India, Kali puja is a community festival and huge idols of Goddess Kali is worshipped. The main rituals begin at midnight. Special aratis and pujas are conducted on the day. Another tradition is the bursting of the crackers.

It is believed that Kali puja removes all the distress and ushers in joy and success. The day is also highly auspicious for tantrics and black magicians.