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Bengal celebrates Kali Puja with devotion

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Decorating their homes with electric light bulbs and colourful earthen lamps, people of on Tuesday marked Puja celebrations with devotion and religious fervour.

Since morning, the famous temples at Kalighat, Dakhineswar and other marquess drew a sea of devotees who offered prayers to the goddess on the auspicious day.

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 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

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.

Apart from community pandals, Kali puja is also performed in houses. members pitched in to arrange items for the rituals and the prasad (offering to the deity).

The puja is also held in various Hindu crematoria.

A countless number of devotees stood in long queues at the near district's Rampurhat to seek blessings of the goddess considered a form of goddess Durga.

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.

have issued dos and don'ts regarding the timings and bursting of firecrackers as per order of the and Board. One can burst permissible crackers from 8-10 pm.

This year have imposed a ban on sky lanterns in an eight-km radius around

greeted everyone on the occasion of Kali Puja. She inaugurated a Skywalk connecting the to the famed on Monday.

According to old texts, Kali Puja was introduced in Bengal during the 18th century by of Nabadwip in district.



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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 22:14 IST