Cherry County stays awake overnight for Kali Puja
Kali Puja was organised at Cherry County in Greater Noida by the Creative Bengali Association on Sunday. This was the third consecutive year of Kali Puja celebration in the society when devout residents kept awake entire night to witness the worship of the diety.
The puja (ritual prayer) is generally held at midnight of Amavasya (the lunar phase of the new moon) on the lunar calendar called tithi. In accordance with the ritual, the Kali Puja commenced at 11:30 pm and post Anjali, aarti, bhog arpan (divine offerings) and the havan (bonfire of offerings); culminated at around 5:00 am
Many residents were seen in colourful traditional costumes with their families till early morning after which prasad (ritual offering) was distributed.
The rumble of the dhak, a variant of dholak (Indian drummer), the sacred incense of the havan, the sound of the shankh (shell) and the beautiful dhunuchi dance created, all this rent the atmosphere with spiritual serenity and positive vibes to the contentment of the devotees.
The puja concluded with the farewell of Maa Kali and her immersion by the residents in the afternoon with loud vibes for better next (fourth) year.