India is a land of diverse cultures and festivals. Bengali Kali Puja is an extremely popular Hindu festival dedicated to the Goddess Kali. It is otherwise known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the Kartik month. Kali Puja, a significant celebration during the Diwali festivity, takes place on the new moon day. While many individuals in India observe the worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Amavasya Tithi during Diwali, the people of West Bengal, Orissa, and Assam honour Goddess Kali on the new moon day, which is considered the most crucial day of Diwali.
As per the Gregorian calendar, it falls either in the month of October or November every year. It is a major festival in the Indian states of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. In 2023, Kali Puja falls on Sunday, November 12, 2023.
Kali Puja Festival 2023: Date, Muhurat and Timings
This year, Bengali Kali Puja will be observed on Sunday, November 12, 2023.
- Amavasya Tithi Starts: 02:44 p.m on November 12, 2023
- Amavasya Tithi Ends: 02:56 p.m on November 13, 2023
Legend of Kali Puja
According to the legend, when the gods lost a battle with the demons, Goddess Kali was born from the forehead of Goddess Durga to put an end to evil and save the earth. That is why Kali is believed to be the personification of Shakti (female power). The killing of the demons increased Maa Kali’s blood lust which took hold and she started killing anyone she felt had done anything wrong. She also danced so furiously that the earth trembled beneath her. She could be only stopped by Lord Shiva when he intervened and laid down in front of her as a child. In art, Kali is often depicted with her tongue hanging out, depicting the moment when she realised she had stood on Lord Shiva and her rage subsided.
Significance of Kali Puja
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