Kali Puja

Hindu Festival in Kolkata

Concurrent with Diwali (the pan-Indian festival of light), Bengal venerates the Goddess Kali – Shiva's fearsome blue-faced consort – with a series of pandals (temporary shrines), night-long rituals and sacrifices. While not quite as big an event as Durga Puja, Kali Puja celebrations are nonetheless extensive across the region, culminating on the new moon of the Bengali month of Kartik.

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