Kali Puja

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Kali Puja is also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja.[1] It is a festival celebrated in the honour of Hindu goddess Kali. It is celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month Kartik. It is mostly celebrated in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh.[2] It happens at the same time with the pan-Indian Lakshmi Puja day of Diwali. In this day Bengalis, Odias, Assamese and Maithils worship goddess Kali[2] and the rest of India worships goddess Lakshmi on Diwali. Mahanisha puja is done by the Maithili people of Mithila region in India and Nepal.[3]

Kali Puja
Kali Fatakeshto Arnab Dutta 2010.JPG
Observed byHindus
ObservancesPrayers, Religious rituals (see puja, prashad)
DateDecided by lunar calendar


  1. India, Society for the Confluence of Festivals in. "Regional Names of Diwali - Diwali in India,Diwali Names in India". www.diwalifestival.org.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McDermott, Rachel Fell; Kripal, Jeffrey J. Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West. p.72
  3. Maitra, Asim (1 January 1986). "Religious Life of the Brahman: A Case Study of Maithil Brahmans". Inter-India Publications – via Google Books.