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Happy Diwali 2017: Here’s how India celebrated Kali Puja on Deepavali

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Goddess Kali is also worshipped during Diwali. It is mostly done by Bengalis and is not an ancient practice. It is believed that the tradition was introduced by Raja Krishnachandra, the king of Navadvipa in the eighteenth century. At present several Bengali households worship the goddess with a lot of fanfare. The prasad offered to the goddess, unlike other pujas, also non-vegetarian options too.

Devotees queue up at Dakshineswar Kali Temple on Diwali. The temple built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni is one of the iconic landmarks in Kolkata. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

Kali puja at at Dakshineswar Temple on Diwali night. This is the 165th years of the puja. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

The idol at the Dakshineswar Temple. The head priest perform the Kali puja on Diwali. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

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A pandal, themed on Rajasthani Folk symbol camel on Kali Puja at Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal. (Source: PTI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee celebrates Kali puja at her residence at Kalighat in South Kolkata. (Source: Express photo)

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An artisan places an artificial sickle on an idol of Hindu goddess Kali inside a pandal, or a temporary platform, on the occasion of Kali Puja festival in Kolkata. (Source: Reuters)

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An idol of Hindu goddess Kali stands at a worship center on Kali Puja in Kolkata. (Source: AP)

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Indian commuters ride past an idol of Hindu goddess Kali during Kali Puja in Kolkata. (Source: AP)

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Idol of Goddess Kali being carried to a worshipping place from a workshop in Kolkata on the eve of Kali puja. (Source: PTI)

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A girl walks past clay idols of the Hindu mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the Hindu goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival, at a roadside workshop in Kolkata. (Source: Reuters)