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.
As 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.
The puja is also held in various Hindu crematoria.
Ululations (high pitched vocal sounds) and peals of bells resonated across temples and residences observing Kali Puja, adding to the festive spirit.
People hit the streets in their best ethnic wears, making their way to various marquees and stopping for a bite.
An array of crackers -- torches, sparklers, flowerpots, rockets -- spread cheer among revellers as they burst into colourful sparks against the night sky.
Kolkata 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.
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