After Durga Puja for five days in mid October followed by Lakshmi Puja in every household five days later, every Bengali is eagerly waiting for Kali Puja
It is not humid at all now. The temperature is mild and this season change reminds you that another year is almost gone.
Today is Kali Puja, one of the biggest festival of Bengal - also referred as Shyama Puja. In most pandals, you will hear songs played in the name of Goddess. This genre of music is popularly called Shyama Sangeet. Most of us dismiss worldly affairs and often have momentary realization of the futility of our pursuits when we hear those timeless, mesmerizing numbers Amar Sadh Na Mitilo or Sokoli tomori ichchha by Pannalal Bhattacharya.
So during this part of the year, while you reconcile gains, pains, pleasures and losses, for the more sensitive kind, it is time to ponder - What have we got done? After all, the name Kali comes from the Sanskrit word Kaal which means time - How did we fill our time this year?
Apart from the hundreds of pandals in West Bengal, some of the famous Kali baari are listed here