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Kali Puja 2017: Invoking the destroyer of evil forces

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Published : Oct 21, 2017, 2:44 pm IST
Updated : Dec 12, 2017, 2:35 pm IST
Kali Puja was practically unknown before the 18th century; however, a late 17th-century devotional text Kalika mangalkavya –by Balram mentions an annual festival dedicated to Kali. It was introduced in Bengal during the 18th century, by King (Raja) Krishnachandra of Navadvipa. (Photo: Soumyadeep Choudhuri)
Kali Puja was practically unknown before the 18th century; however, a late 17th-century devotional text Kalika mangalkavya –by Balram mentions an annual festival dedicated to Kali. It was introduced in Bengal during the 18th century, by King (Raja) Krishnachandra of Navadvipa. (Photo: Soumyadeep Choudhuri)
One of the more popular pujas in North Kolkata, the huge idol is decked in gold and silver that are given by devotees. Popularly known as Fatakeshto Kali Puja, the Naba Yuvak Sangha's puja entered their 60th year. The photo perfectly captures the moment when devotion and art come into play as a cameraman can be seen lurking in the frame while others are immersed in the rituals. (Photo: Soumyadeep Choudhuri)
One of the more popular pujas in North Kolkata, the huge idol is decked in gold and silver that are given by devotees. Popularly known as Fatakeshto Kali Puja, the Naba Yuvak Sangha's puja entered their 60th year. The photo perfectly captures the moment when devotion and art come into play as a cameraman can be seen lurking in the frame while others are immersed in the rituals. (Photo: Soumyadeep Choudhuri)
A small community puja organised by a group of friends in North Kolkata. (Photo: Reetam Baral)
A small community puja organised by a group of friends in North Kolkata. (Photo: Reetam Baral)
A home in Kolkata light lamps on the eve of Diwali. (Photo: Arunava Basu)
A home in Kolkata light lamps on the eve of Diwali. (Photo: Arunava Basu)
A community Kali Puja, where the idol is painted in black and white. (Photo: Rabin Gupta)
A community Kali Puja, where the idol is painted in black and white. (Photo: Rabin Gupta)
The 150 year old puja in Balarampur, Burdwan was started by the late Guru Charan Pal, the erstwhile zamindar of the area. The puja, done in the traditional manner sees animal sacrifices as well. The house owns four large ponds of which the ritualistic bathing of the ritual earthen pot takes place from water from the largest pond. (Photo: Apratim Pal)
The 150 year old puja in Balarampur, Burdwan was started by the late Guru Charan Pal, the erstwhile zamindar of the area. The puja, done in the traditional manner sees animal sacrifices as well. The house owns four large ponds of which the ritualistic bathing of the ritual earthen pot takes place from water from the largest pond. (Photo: Apratim Pal)
A community puja in Kolkata showing a palatial marquee housing the idols of the gods decked in fineries. (Photo: Soumyadeep Choudhuri)
A community puja in Kolkata showing a palatial marquee housing the idols of the gods decked in fineries. (Photo: Soumyadeep Choudhuri)
A community puja in North Kolkata. (Photo: Soumyabrata Gupta)
A community puja in North Kolkata. (Photo: Soumyabrata Gupta)
Invoking the Goddess through worship of fire. The 150 year old puja in Balarampur, Burdwan was started by the late Guru Charan Pal, the erstwhile zamindar of the area. The puja, done in the traditional manner sees animal sacrifices as well. The house owns four large ponds of which the ritualistic bathing of the ritual earthen pot takes place from water from the largest pond. (Photo: Apratim Pal)
Invoking the Goddess through worship of fire. The 150 year old puja in Balarampur, Burdwan was started by the late Guru Charan Pal, the erstwhile zamindar of the area. The puja, done in the traditional manner sees animal sacrifices as well. The house owns four large ponds of which the ritualistic bathing of the ritual earthen pot takes place from water from the largest pond. (Photo: Apratim Pal)
Another popular community puja in Shakespeare Sarani, the idol is surrounded by other deities. (Photo: Vedanta R Manchanda)
Another popular community puja in Shakespeare Sarani, the idol is surrounded by other deities. (Photo: Vedanta R Manchanda)
Diya for Bhartiya Sena #ekdiyajawankenaam. Remembering the soldiers at the borders during Diwali. (Photo: Sushma Tripathi)
Diya for Bhartiya Sena #ekdiyajawankenaam. Remembering the soldiers at the borders during Diwali. (Photo: Sushma Tripathi)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee worships Goddess Kali at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee worships Goddess Kali at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
Gearing up for the Kali Puja. An artisan can be seen decking up a huge idol of the goddess before the commencement of the puja. (Photo: Avik Boral)
Gearing up for the Kali Puja. An artisan can be seen decking up a huge idol of the goddess before the commencement of the puja. (Photo: Avik Boral)

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