Kali Puja is celebrated on the new moon day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar especially in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Bangladesh, and Nepal. This year Kali Puja is observed on Thursday on 19th October. Kali Puja is also known as Shyam Puja and Mahanisha Puja and dedicated to Mata Kali. Kali Pujan/Puja is usually performed by Aghori sadhu to seek the blessings of goddess Kali and to attain tantra Vidhya. Diwali Puja and Kali Puja mostly fall on the same day but in some years Kali Puja might fall one day before Diwali puja. Puja time on 19th October of Maa Kali is from 23:40 to 24:30.
During Diwali, Kali Puja is the biggest festival in Bengal and Assam along with Durga puja. On the day of Kali Puja, people worship Goddess Kali with placing clay sculptures in their house. Maa Kali worshipped at night with tantric rites and mantras. devotees offer hibiscus flowers, sweets, rice, fish and meat to Maa kali. In Kolkata and Guwahati, Kali puja celebration is held in a large ground and people kill animals and give Bali to Maa Kali on this day. In some temples, Devotees offers alcohol to Maa Kali as a Prashad.
Mantra for Maa Kali
ओम ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चै: