17th century sculpture of the Hindu Goddess Kali by Los Angeles County Museum of Art
When is Kali Puja?
How long until Kali Puja?
|This holiday next takes place in 281 Days.|
Dates of Kali Puja
Regions where Kali Puja is a holiday in 2019
|Assam, Odisha, West Bengal||October 27th|
|Kali Puja is observed on the new moon in the month of Kartik. It is dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess Kali|
Kali Puja is a regional public holiday observed on several Indian states on the new moon in the month of Kartik.
Also known as Dipanwita Kali Puja, Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja, this is a Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess Kali.
History of Kali Puja
According to one version of the legend, after the gods lost a battle with the demons, Goddess Kali was born from the forehead of Goddess Durga.
Kali is said to be the personification of Shakti (female power), which she wielded to kill all the demons and save the earth. The killing increased her blood lust, which took hold and she started killing anyone she felt had done a wrong. She was only stopped when Lord Shiva intervened and lay down in front of her. 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.
Kali Puja is celebrated to seek the help of the goddess in destroying evil and get her blessings for general happiness, health, wealth, and peace.
The date of Kali Puja falls on the same day as Diwali, so while most of India worships the goddess Lakshmi on Diwali, Bengalis, Odias, Assamese and Maithils worship goddess Kali.
Despite the ancient source of the legend, the festival of Kali Puja only grew in popularity in the 18th century. It was popularised in Bengal by King Krishnachandra of Navadvipa, becoming a key festival in the 19th century.
Nowadays, along with Durga Puja which takes place a few weeks earlier, Kali Puja is the biggest festival in Bengal and Assam.