Mahalaya to be celebrated tomorrow
The Hindu community across the country will celebrate Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion of heralding the advent of Goddess Durga.
With the beginning of "Devipaksha", Mahalaya is observed six days before Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community. Usually, the Devi Paksha commences with Mahalaya Amavasya.
According to Hindu mythology Mahalaya marks the last day of "Krishnapaksha", which is a dark fortnight of the month of Ashwin.
In the Indian state of West Bengal, Mahalaya is depicted in a show-tell manner, with songs, enactments and dances on regional television channels. The television show is also viewed by a lot of people specially children in Bangladesh at dawn.
The most popular rendition of it, however, has been in the sonorous recorded voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra, whose collection of songs and mantras called Mahishasura Mardini are played customarily on the day of Mahalaya in every Bengali household mostly in West Bengal as well as in Bangladesh early in the morning.
The nine-day festival of Navratri dedicated to Goddess Durga in the month of Ashwin usually commences soon after Pitru Paksha ends.
Mahalaya marks an invitation of sorts to goddess Durga to begin her journey from Kailash to her paternal home (earth), along with her children.
This invitation is extended through the chanting of mantras from Sri Sri Chandi and singing of devotional songs.
Countdown of Durga Puja begins with the celebration of Mahalaya.
On October 1, the Durga Puja will begin with various rituals on the day of Maha Shashthi.
On the occasion of the day, special programmes of Mahalaya will be arranged at different temples across the country including the capital tomorrow at dawn.