Kali Puja, sacred to Goddess Kali
, is performed to lessen the ego and negative tendencies that block the spiritual and material progress. It is performed on the sleepless night of Kartik Amavasya (October-November). This puja is done to obtain protection against drought and war, and for general happiness, health, wealth and peace. Kali Puja co-occurs with Diwali
, the festival of lights, and the west Indian new year.