This is once again at this time of year for Bengali’s around the world. This is the time of Durga Puja 2018. From Mahalaya 2018, for the Bengali’s Durga Puja 2018 it has an immense significance that the preparation begins months in advance.
Mahalaya, observed seven days before the Durga Puja day, marks the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. The meaning of Mahalaya is that that day, Pitru Paksha ends and marks the beginning of Devi Paksha.
Devi Paksha is the waxing phase of the moon that occurs in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunar calendar. In Mahalaya, the faithful make tarpan to remember their ancestors.
For the Bengalis, Mahalaya begins with the songs of Mahishashur Mardini of Birendra Krishna Bhadra, a tradition of these for 85 years.
Why does the Mahalaya is important?
Mahalaya is well known as the day of invocation, specifically through Bengalis. Durga Puja 2018 begins on October 14th and Mahalaya marks goddess Durga’s advent in her war towards evil.
Devotees pray for the deity’s invocation on earth and for her blessings to diminish the evil Mahishasur, a great history in Southern part of India, a district of Mysore in Karnataka.
When does Durga Puja 2018 Starts
Durga Puja 2018 starts on October 14, which is Panchami. Durga Puja 2018 ends with the culmination of the celebrations at Vijaya Dashami on October 19.
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Important Dates of Durga Puja 2018 Dates:
Mahalaya( Durga Puja) 2018- 8th October 2018
Maha Panchami – 14th October 2018
Maha Shasthi – 15th October 2018
Maha Saptami – 16th October 2018
Maha Ashtami – 17th October 2018
Maha Navami – 18th October 2018
Vijaya Dashami – 19th October 2018