Kali Puja 2011 Date – 26th October 2011
Also Known as – Diwali, Deepavali, Shyama Puja
Kali Puja is a popular festival in Kolkata, Orissa and Assam mainly observed by Hindus. This festival has a unique way of celebration with firecrackers and sweets. It was first introduced in in Bengal during the 18th century, by King (Raja) Krishnachandra of Navadvipa. From thereon, Kali Puja alongwith Durga Puja is celebrated in a grand way in Kolkata of West Bengal.
Kali Puja Vidhi
Kali Puja is celebrated in homes and public pandals with clay idols of Maa Kali. Maa Kali is worshipped at night with Tantric rites and mantras. Maa is prescribed offerings of red hibiscus flowers, animal blood in a skull, sweets, rice and lentils, fish and meat.
Other Kali Puja Celebrations
In some places, Kali Puja celebration also known as Dipanwita Kali Puja. Two other major Kali Puja observations are Ratanti Kali Puja and Phalaharini Kali Puja and is celebrated on the new moon days of the Hindu months of Margashirsha and Jyeshta respectively.