Mahalaya being celebrated
Published : Thursday, 17 September, 2020 at 10:49 AM Count : 255
The Hindus across the country are celebrating the 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 largest religious festival of the Hindu community.
However, this year, the ShardiyaNavratri dedicated to Devi Durga will be delayed by about a month owing to the Adhik Maas (leap month in the Hindu calendar). Usually, the Devi Paksha commences with MahalayaAmavasya, but in 2020, the nine-day long festival will be celebrated a month later.
The nine-day festival of Navratri dedicated to Goddess Durga in the month of Ashwin usually commences soon after PitruPaksha ends.
Countdown of Durga Puja begins with the celebration of Mahalaya.
On October 21, the Durga Puja will begin with different rituals on the day of MahaShashthi.
On the occasion of the day, special programmes of Mahalaya will be arranged at different temples across the country including capital Dhaka tomorrow morning.
On this day, Hindus remember and pay homage to their ancestors, who passed away, by performing puja, and offering Brahmins clothes, food and sweets in their name.