Mahalaya 2018: Significance, Tarpan and Historical Importance

Mahalaya marks the emancipation of Durga Puja. It is that time of the year again for Bengalis across the globe. Beginning with Mahalaya 2018, for Bengalis Durga Puja 2018 holds immense significance, the preparation of which begins months in advance. Mahalaya, observed seven days before the Durga Pujo, marks the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. The Fundamentally, Mahalaya is a citation and call for Ma Durga to come down to earth and bestow her blessing on us. One of the most propitious event Mahalaya celebrated seven days before the Durga Puja. The major noteworthiness of this occasion is it preludes the arrival of the goddess of sovereign power — Durga. The process of calling Goddess Mother Durga on earth is done by chanting mantras and reciting devotional verses and songs.

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Mahalaya marks the conclusion of “Pitru Paksha” or “Tarpan” (the time when one remembers the departed souls of the family and pray for their salvation) and the commencement of “Devi Paksha.”  Furthermore, there is another tradition which explains that eyes are the last part to be painted on an Idol of similar virtue. Hence the eyes of every idol of the mother Goddess Durga are brought to life in this day by adding the last touch of colour.

Momentous of Mahalaya

Mahisasura Mardini” (obliteration of Mahisasura, an evil mythological character who devastated the world with his dreadful endeavour to whatever he wanted) is one of the many names that is given to the Goddess. In the early 1930s, All India Radio (AIR) engaged a program with the same name. It used to be a very delightful ensemble of music and audio reciting the dramatized play of the part where Goddess Mother Durga was created to destruct Mahisasura. Moreover, it was beautifully covered with audio that was the pieces of scriptural verses from “Chandi Kavya,” classical music and Bengali devotional songs.

For Bengalis, Mahalaya starts with chants of Mahishashur Mardini by Birendra Krishna Bhadra – which has been a tradition for the last 85 years. Birendra Krishna Bhadra had given his phenomenal voice to the program “Mahisasura Mardini” in his idiosyncratic style and made it memorable. Long after he’s gone, the narration in his seraphic voice still creates an ambiance that entices every family. Bani Kumar scripted the song, while Pankaj Mullick composed the music.

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4 am was the usual time each year for the program to broadcast. Later on, the program was translated into Hindi and other languages and aired at the same time for the audience all across the nation. Gradually, Mahalaya has gained a massive momentum and is aired on TV channels as well. It is a moment where India especially the state of West Bengal chants the mantras together and immerse in the chants of the mantras. “Ya devi sarbabhuteshshu, sakti rupena sanksthita Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namasteshwai namo namaha.”

When Does Durga Puja 2018 Start?

Durga Puja 2018 or Durga Pujo 2018 starts on October 14th which is Panchami. Durga Puja 2018 ends with culmination of celebrations on Bijaya Dashami which is on October 19th.

The ceremony and rituals of Durga Puja will last for six days. And these six days are some of the most beautiful and colourful days of the year where people forget all the grudges and spent times with their families and loved one. And why not? Well, that’s what the end of Durga Puja signifies “victory of good over evil.”

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Here Are Durga Puja 2018 Dates:

Mahalaya 2018- 8th October 2018
Maha Panchami 2018- 14th October 2018
Maha Shasthi 2018- 15th October 2018
Maha Saptami 2018- 16th October 2018
Maha Ashtami 2018- 17th October 2018
Maha Nabami 2018- 18th October 2018
Bijaya Dashami 2019- 19th October 2018

Mahalaya By Birendra Krishna Bhadra (Full)

MWB Family wishes Happy Durga Puja to all!

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