Mahalaya 2021: History, Significance and Date
Pic Credit : Hindustan TimesWhat is Mahalaya?
Mahalaya is observed by Maa Durga worshipers a week before the start of Durga Puja celebrations, according to the Hindu calendar. Mahalaya is observed on the last day of Pitru Paksha, which is today, October 6th, this year. Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, and West Bengal are the states that observe it. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga was created on this day by Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswar in order to destroy the demon king Mahishasura. As a result, followers commemorate this day as the advent of Goddess Durga with her divine powers to Earth from Kailash Parvat. On the day of Mahalaya, the sculptors solely make and colour Goddess Durga's eyes.
Mahalaya 2021's History:
Hindus believe that the demon king Mahishasura was bestowed with the blessing that no god or mortal could ever kill him. After receiving the blessing, Mahishasura assaulted the Devtas, and they were forced to flee the Devlok after losing the war to him. All the Devtas, along with Lord Vishnu, prayed to Adi Shakti to save them from Mahishasura's wrath. It is said that at this time, a divine light emerged from the bodies of all the Devtas and assumed the form of Goddess Durga.
Maa Durga and Mahishasura fought for nine days before she killed him on the tenth day. Maa Durga is revered as the goddess of power, and Durga Puja is celebrated with great zeal throughout the country. During these ten days, devotees pray to the goddess, who is said to visit Earth to bless her people.
The Importance of Mahalaya 2021:
Mahalaya is also known as Sarva Pitra Amavasya and marks the end of Pitru Paksh. On this day, many people honour their ancestors and offer Tarpan or Shraddha to make their souls happy. On Mahalaya Amavasya morning, ancestors are said to be bid farewell, and then in the evening, Maa Durga descends to earth and remains to bless humans.
Durga Puja will begin on October 11 and will conclude on October 15 with Dashmi or Dusshera. On Mahalaya, devotees wake up early in the morning to adore Goddess Durga by chanting Chandipath, listening to Mahishasura Mardini, and other devotional mantras.