Kali means Dark (evil) and Chaudas - Fourteenth. Thus, celebrated 14th day
of Ashwin, Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Maha-Kali or
Shakti and is believed that on this day Kali killed the wicked Raktavija.
Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish
laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life. The
strength to protect others is referred as Kali, and if its used for God's
work it is called Mahakali.
Kali Chaudous is also attached to the legend of Lord Hanuman. Hanumanji as
a baby was very hungry. Whilst lying down he saw the sun in the sky and
thought it was a fruit and went to pick it. He flew into the sky and put the
whole sun in his mouth causing darkness throughout the entire universe. Lord
Indra requested that Hanumanji return the sun. When Hanumanji refused, Lord
Indra unleashed his vajra and knocked Hanumanji down to earth releasing the
On this day we offer poojan to Hanumanji as our Kuldev to protect us from
Evil. The poojan is performed with oil, flowers, chandan and sindur.
Coconuts are also offered to Hanumanji and prashad of Sesame seed, ladoos
and rice with ghee and sugar.
The rituals of Kali Choudas is strongly suggestive of the origin of
Deepavaali as an harvest festival is performed. On this day delicacies are
prepared from pounded semi-cooked rice (called Poha or Pova). This rice is
taken from the fresh harvest available at that time. This custom is
prevalent both in rural and urban areas especially in Western India.
On this day, a head wash and application of kajal in the eyes is believed
to keep away the kali nazar (evil eye). Some say that those who are into
tantra, learn their 'mantras' on this day. Alternatively, people offer Nived
(food) to the goddess that is local to where they are originally from. This
goddess is called their 'Kul Devi', in order to cast off evil spirits. Some
families also offer food to their forefathers on this day. The second day of
Diwali is known as Kali Choudas in Gujarat, Rajasthan & few part of
Maharashtra. This reverence is called "Kali Chaudas or Kal Chaturdasi".
Bahula Thrayodasi / Dhantheran
/ Kali Puja
| Divvela Panduga / Divili
| Deva Divali
| Karthigai Deepam
Bandi Chhor Diwas
| Varsha Pratipada/
Bali Padyam / Bali Pratipada
Yamadwitheya / Bhathru Dwithiya
| Bhathru Dwithiya
| Tulsi Vivah