Deepavali 2018: Bengal celebrates Kali Puja with devotion
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Deepavali 2018: Bengal celebrates Kali Puja with devotionDecorating their homes with electric light bulbs and colourful earthen lamps, people of West Bengal on Tuesday marked Kali Puja celebrations with devotion and religious fervour. Since morning, the famous Kali temples at Kalighat, Dakhineswar and other marquess drew a sea of devotees who offered prayers to the goddess on the auspicious day. Kali Puja is held on the new moon day of the month of Kartik in the Bengali calendar. This year the puja rituals started from Tuesday morning.
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Deepavali 2018: Bengal celebrates Kali Puja with devotionAs per tradition, people of all ages celebrated Kali puja with permitted fireworks a day ahead of Diwali. Over the years, Kali Puja celebrations have been scaled up to match the lingering festive atmosphere post Durga Puja, the biggest festival in West Bengal. Fresh marquees (pandals) across the city have sprung up while several community pujas refrained from dismantling the Durga Puja pandals, decking them up again to serve Goddess Kali.
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Deepavali 2018: Bengal celebrates Kali Puja with devotionApart from community pandals, Kali puja is also performed in houses. Family members pitched in to arrange items for the rituals and the prasad (food offering to the deity). The puja is also held in various Hindu crematoria.
Deepavali 2018: Bengal celebrates Kali Puja with devotionKolkata Police have issued dos and don'ts regarding the timings and bursting of firecrackers as per order of the Supreme Court and Pollution Control Board. One can burst permissible crackers from 8-10 pm.