Often used interchangeably with Narak Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas (Hindi: काली चौदस, Gujarati: કાલી ચૌદશ) is part of Diwali festival and comes a day before Diwali. Unlike Narak Chaturdashi which is celebrated throughout India, Kali Chaudas is most popular in Gujarat followed by Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Kali Chaudas is considered the day Goddess Mahakali defeated Asura king Rakthabija in a fierce battle.

Kali Chaudas 2020 is on November 13 Friday

7 months and 12 days to go for the event

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 : Kolkata, Nov 10 (IANS) Amid chanting of hymns and a plethora of glimmering fireworks, West Bengal celebrated Kali Puja on Tuesday with pomp and religious fervour.

Difference between Kali Chaudas & Narak Chaturdashi

Kali Chaudas falls on the Krishna Paksh Chaturthi tithi of Kartik Month on the Hindu calendar, which is same as Sud Chaudas of Kartak month as per Gujarati Calendar. This is interesting as Narak Chaturdashi is also observed on the same day. However, what makes Narak Chaturdashi and Kali Chaudas sometimes come on different dates is the precondition that Kali Chaudas rituals should be performed on the day when Chaturdashi tithi prevails during midnight ie., Nishitha Kaal (3rd 1/5th part of ratrimana to be precise). Whereas, Narak Chaturdashi is chosen as the day when moonrise occurs before sunrise during chaturdashi tithi.

Another difference between the two observances is the Hindu literature associated with the annihilation of 2 Ashuras. Kali chaudas commemorates the defeat of Asura Rakthabij in the hands of Goddess Kali whereas, Narak Chaturdashi is the celebration of the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura.

Kali Chaudas 2020 - Muhurat and Puja Timings

Sunrise13 November, 2020 06:43 AM.
Sunset13 November, 2020 06:43 AM.
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins13 November, 2020 05:59 PM.
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends14 November, 2020 02:18 PM.
Kali Chaudas Nishita Puja TimeNovember 13, 11:45 PM - November 14, 12:37 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More

On the day of Kali Chaudas, Goddess Parvati in the form of Goddess Kali is worshipped. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Kali on this day has many benefits which include mitigating the negative effects of Shani dosh, recovery from long term diseases, prosperity in marriage and wealth, freedom from the influence of evil spirits to mention a few.

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Kolkata: An idol of Goddess Kali at the Firinghi Kalibari temple on Kali Puja in Kolkata on Nov 6, 2018.

Most Hindus regard Kali Chaudas with fearful veneration and the night of Kali chaudas is often considered highly inauspicious and dangerous. Some people believe that black magic, spells and tantric puja is most potent on this day. It is not too uncommon to see people offering puja and sacrifices at creamatoriums on the night of Kali Chaudas in order to ward off any ill effects of black magic and to win over evil.

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Kali Chaudas festival dates between 2017 & 2027

YearDate
2017Wednesday, 18th of October
2018Monday, 5th of November
2019Saturday, 26th of October
2020Friday, 13th of November
2021Wednesday, 3rd of November
2022Sunday, 23rd of October
2023Saturday, 11th of November
2024Wednesday, 30th of October
2025Sunday, 19th of October
2026Saturday, 7th of November
2027Wednesday, 27th of October

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