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Mahalaya today

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  14 Oct 2023, 10:08

Mahalaya, an auspicious occasion that heralds the advent of Goddess Durga, is being celebrated at the dawn today through different rituals by Hindu community members across the country. (BSS Reports)

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 the dawn on the day of Mahalaya.

The most popular rendition of it, however, has been in the sonorous recorded voice of legendary narrator and radio broadcaster Birendra Krishna Bhadra, whose rendition of mantras from holy book Sri Sri Chandi along with songs performed by others called Mahishasura Mardini are played customarily at the dawn of Mahalaya day in every Bengali household mostly in West Bengal as well as in Bangladesh.

Marking the day, special programmes of Mahalaya has been arranged at different temples across the country, including the capital, today at dawn.

Hindus will remember and pay homage to their ancestors, who passed away, by performing puja, and offering the Brahmins clothes, food and sweets in their name.

Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee held a special programme marking the Mahalaya at Dhakeshwari National Temple at 6am.

Gulshan-Banani Sarbajanin Puja Foundation held a programme to welcome Goddess Durga at 5.30am at Banani playground.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has attended the event as the chief guest.

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