Kali Puja / Deepavali / Diwali

Kali Puja
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Kali Puja is held on the night of the New Moon in the Bengali month of Kardk. This occasion brings in a tidal wave of festive zeal amongst the various sections of society.Kali Puja enjoys a significant place in our culture. In this festival, Goddess Kali is worshipped. She appears in various forms as an embodiment of Shakti, the eternal and cosmic power. She is also believed to be the external cosmic strength that destroys all existence. Her facial expressions depict the extent of her powers of destruction. She is also the Goddess of Tantrism or the Indian black magic. Beneath her feet one can see the figure Shiva.

There are several other avatars of Kali. One such striking contrast is Kali represented as the benevolent mother where she is the personification of eternal night of peace. Kali, Durga, Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati are also different forms of the ultimate power that are revered on different.

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Deepavali / Diwali
1 Kartik 1424 (19 Oct 2017)
Deepavali falls on the darkest moonless night Amavasya, on the fifteenth day in the month of Kartik. In Hindi, Deepavali means a ‘row of lamps’. For this reason, the festival is famous as the ‘festival of light5 and celebrate by the Hindus. It marks the beginning of a new year in North India.Throughout India, the festival is marked with lights, crackers, sweets, feasts and fanfare. Deepavali begins from the thirteenth day of Kartik, known as Dhanteras. People buy new utensils or metal objects and holy items during this period. They believe that these auspicious things would ward off evil and ill health for the whole year. In this period more money is supposed to come to people.

In South India, the fourteenth day is celebrated as Naraka Chaturdashi. It is called ‘Choti Diwali’ by children. Some people offer Ganesh Puja on this day with laddoos. Deepavali is also bonanza time for businessmen. Firecrackers are excessively sold during this season.


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