Navratri 2019: Check out Mahalaya, Durga Puja, Vijaya Dashami dates

Mahalaya is related to Maa Durga as it is believed that during this period Goddess Durga killed the asuras. The Bengalis consider this day very important and it is still celebrated in many parts of Bengal. Plays are performed wherein Goddess Parvati in the form of Durga kills the asuras and brings peace to the world.

Written by September 28, 2019 13:46

It’s again the time of the year when everyone eagerly waits to welcome Goddess Durga. On the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya, it is believed that Lord Durga descends on the Earth. This year Mahalaya was observed today (September 28).

The word “Mahalaya” is formed of two words “Maha” or grand and “Alaya” meaning abode. This is not just any other day for the Bengalis. It’s a day of celebration, loaded with rich stories and beautiful traditions.

Significance of Mahalaya

Mahalaya marks the end of Pitri Paksha or Pitru Paksha, when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, and the start of Devi Paksha.

On this day, several rituals are performed, like offering food and water as a homage to their forefathers to express their gratitude, known as Tarpon.

How is it connected to Mahabharata

If Mahabharata legend is to be believed then after the death of Karna, he went to the heaven. Karan’s soul was offered jewels as food in Heaven. Then, Indra clarified that during Karna’s lifetime, he never offered anything to his ancestors. Karna replied, he didn’t know about them and wanted a chance to do the due. He came back to Earth for sixteen days and offered foods and other belongings to his ancestors and returned to heaven.

What does Akal Bodhan mean?

Akal Bodhan means worshiping before time. According to mythology, King Suratha worshiped Devi Durga during the spring. But, Lord Ram worshiped Goddess Durga during the autumn season, as he needed her blessings to kill Ravana. This day signifies the awakening of Devi Durga.

How is Mahalaya related to Maa Durga?

Mahalaya is related to Maa Durga as it is believed that during this period Goddess Durga killed the asuras. The Bengalis consider this day very important and it is still celebrated in many parts of Bengal. Plays are performed wherein Goddess Parvati in the form of Durga kills the asuras and brings peace to the world.

Mahalaya date 2019:

Mahalaya will be celebrated on September 29.

This year, 28 September, Saturday: Mahalaya

Durga Puja 2019 calendar

September 29 – Pratipada – Ghatasthapana – Mata Shailputri Puja
Pratipada Tithi begins at 11:56 pm on September 28 and ends at 08:14 pm on September 29.
Ghatasthapana Muhurat – 06:01 am to 07:16 am

September 30 – Dwitiya – Mata Brahmacharini Puja
Dwitiya Tithi is till 4:49 pm

October 1 – Tritiya – Mata Chandraghanta Puja
Tritiya Tithi is till 1:55 pm

October 2 – Chaturthi – Mata Kushmanda Puja
Chaturthi Tithi is till 11:40 am

October 3 – Panchami – Devi Skandmata Puja
Panchami Tithi is till 10:12 am

October 4 – Shashti – Mata Katyayani Puja
Shashti Tithi is till 09:35 am

October 5 – Saptami – Mata Kalaratri Puja
Saptami Tithi is till 09:51 am

October 6 – Ashtami – Mahagouri Puja
Ashtami Tithi is till 10:54 am

October 7 – Navami – Maa Durga Puja / Mata Siddhidatri
Navami Tithi is till 12:38 pm

AIR’s heart-rendering radio montage

A synergy of Sanskrit Shlokas rendition of songs and music, AIR’s heart rendering radio montage “ #Mahisasuramardini”, in the sonorous voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra, remains an ongoing tradition.

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