On this auspicious occasion, here are some wishes and greetings to share with your loved ones to wish them good fortune and a Subho Mahalaya.
Mahalaya marks the start of the 'Devi-paksha' and the end of the 'Pitri-paksha'. The traditional six day countdown to Mahasaptami starts from Mahalaya. Goddess Durga visits the earth for only four days but seven days prior to the Pujas, starts the Mahalaya. The enchanting voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra fills up the predawn hours of the day thus marking the beginning of "Devipaksha" and the beginning of the count-down to Durga Puja.
The 9-day long festival of Durga Puja, which is celebrated with a great fervour especially in West Bengal is set to start with Mahalaya
Mahalaya ushers in the aura of Durga Puja. It is only from the day of Mahalaya that the preparations for the Durga Puja reaches the final stage. The midnight chants of various hymns of 'Mahishasura Mardini' reminds one of the beginning of Durga Puja.
Durga Puja According to the mythological beliefs, it is considered that 'Maa Durga' descended on the Earth on Mahalaya.
The festival which is most prominent in West Bengal is celebrated across the country. Mythological beliefs suggest that the Trilogy of Hindu religion, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh created Maa Durga to kill the evil demon Mahishasura.
The traditional six-day countdown to Durga Puja starts from Mahalaya. The goddess visits the earth for only four days along with her four children, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati and Laxmi, representing the protector, the initiator (of the puja), knowledge and the provider (respectively). But the enchanting recital of the verses heard on Mahalaya at pre-dawn hours marks the beginning of Devi Paksha.
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