Kali Puja 2020: Date, Time and significance


Guwahati: Kali Puja is a major Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Kali. While the rest of India worships Goddess Lakshmi on Amavasya Tithi during Diwali, eastern India, including West Bengal, Odisha and Assam worship Goddess Kali on the new moon in the month of Kartik.

Kali Puja is also called Shyama Puja and is the second most celebrated festival after Durga Puja in Eastern India. The puja takes place in the middle of the night. It is believed that goddess Kali ward-off negative waves around you, cut down all kind of impurities and fill your house with happiness.

It is widely believed that in Bengal, noted 16th-century Tantric scholar Krishnananda Agamavagisha was the one who started Kali Puja. The tantric scholar had once dreamt of Goddess Kali, who had until then largely been associated with death and darkness.

As per mythology, when her victory over the demons was certain, she danced so furiously that the earth trembled beneath her. At the request of the Gods, Shiva laid down in front of her to make her stop. When she accidentally stepped on him, she realised her mistake and put out her tongue and calmed down.

Kali Puja 2020: Date and tithi

According to the Directory Panjika, this year, Kali Puja and Deepawali will be observed on the same day, November 14, 2020. Kali Puja Nishita time is from 23:39 to 00:32, Nov 15. (Duration: 53 mins)

  • Amavasya tithi begins at 13:40 PM on Nov 14, 2020
  • Amavasya tithi ends at 11:19 AM on Nov 15, 2020