Kali Puja is a very famous Hindu festival devoted to the Goddess Kali. The festival is celebrated in the Kartik month. According to Gregorian calendar, it falls either in the month of October or November every year. The holiday is observed on the Lakshmi Puja day. While many people in Nepal and India worship Diwali on this precious day, the Goddess Kali is worshipped in West Bengal, Assam and Orissa.
Calendar Of Kali Puja
|Year||Name of the festival||Date||Day|
|2019||Kali Puja||27 October||Sunday|
|2020||Kali Puja||14 November||Saturday|
|2021||Kali Puja||04 November||Thursday|
|2022||Kali Puja||24 October||Monday|
|2023||Kali Puja||12 November||Sunday|
|2024||Kali Puja||31 October||Thursday|
|2025||Kali Puja||20 October||Monday|
History Of Kali Puja
Raja Krishnachandra introduced the festival of Kali Puja during the 18th century in West Bengal. The festival became extremely popular over the years. In Assam and West Bengal, Kali Puja is equivalent to Durga Puja in size and enthusiasm. Goddess Kali is considered as an exterminator of evil forces.
People honor Goddess Kali in their houses. They worship the Goddess at night with mantras and rites and offer her flowers, sweets, fish, meat and lentils. Worshippers will meditate throughout the night. The Goddess is also offered sweets made of fruits, rice and lentils. Special celebrations are held in Kolkata and Guwahati. On this precious day, Goddess Kali is worshipped as Lakshmi in these two places. The importance of Kali Puja is to eliminate immortality in all formats that prevents one from accomplishing mystical fulfillment. Worshippers will pray for protection against war, death, wealth, health, peace and protection against difficulty.
Things Required For Kali Puja
- Lord Ganesh idol, Lord Vishnu idol, Goddess Kali idol
- Earthen Lamp
- Tantrik symbols
- Darba grass
- Sandalwood powder
Kali Pandals In Kolkata
Kali Puja, the second largest festival in the city of Kolkata, is observed after the celebration of Durga Puja. After Vijayadashami, the Kali pandals will go up with flower decoration. In every street corner, pandals will be organised. The following are the most famous Kali pandals in Kolkata:
- Girish Park: Sited in central Kolkata, the pandal will be designed beautifully.
- Shibpur Bijoyee Sangha Kali Puja: The pandal covers various themes enticing people from the world.
- Barasat Chhatra Dal Kali Puja: It is another attractively designed pandal in Kolkata.
- Pioneer Athletic Club Barasat Kali Puja: It is also the most fabulous festival in the city of Kolkata.