Kali Chaudas is also known as a Naraka Chaturdashi. Kali Chaudas is celebrated on the second day of the five-day-long Diwali festival, Which is falls a day before Diwali, it is also called as Choti Diwali. As per Hindu literature, asura Narakasura was killed on this day by Krishna, Satyabhama, and Kali. The day of Kali Chaudas is celebrated by early morning religious rituals.
The day Of Kali Chaudas begins with an age-old ritual of Abhyang Snan, a holy bath taken before the sunrise. People wake up early in the morning and take the holy bath with sesame oil, rose water and Ganga water before the sunrise. After the sunset, the house and porch are decorated with candles to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
Kali Puja Timing 2018:-
This year Kali Puja would be celebrated on 6th November 2018.
Kali Puja Nishita Time: 11:48 pm to 12:40 am
Duration: 52 Mins
Amavasya Tithi Begins: 10:27 pm on 6/Nov/2018
Amavasya Tithi Ends: 9:31 pm on 7/Nov/2018 (Source: drikpanchang)
Importance of This Day:-
Goddess Kali is one of the most feared Goddesses. The Goddess is depicted wearing a garland of skulls, her hair disheveled, holding the head of a demon on one hand and on the other a sharp weapon. The fierce form of Shakti also happens to be a loving mother to all those who seek her blessings with devotion. Like Durga Puja, Kali puja also takes place in the temple. The origins of the massive celebration are often credited to King Krishnachandra of Navadvipa, the zamindar of Krishnagar, West Bengal, who organized the puja at a large scale for the first time in the late 18th century. Today, it has become one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Bengal.
The puja rituals are carried out at night. Some devotees even observe a fast on this day which they break after the puja. Devotees offer her red-colored hibiscus flower during the puja, it is said to be her favorite. As part of bhog, she is also offered rice, lentils, sweets, and fish. Some Temples are also served bhog to the devotees who have gathered. The bhog can consist of anything from khichdi and mixed veg to luchi and dum aloo.