Mahalaya 2021: According to the Hindu calendar, followers of Maa Durga celebrate Mahalaya a week before Durga Puja begins. Mahalaya is commemorated 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. Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswar, according to Hindu mythology, created Goddess Durga on this day to combat the demon ruler Mahishasura. As a result, worshippers commemorate this day as the entrance of Goddess Durga with her divine powers to Earth from Kailash Parvat. On the day of Mahalaya, the sculptors exclusively create 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 slay him. After receiving the blessing, Mahishasura fought the Devtas, and they were forced to flee the Devlok after losing the fight to him. All the Devtas, together with Lord Vishnu, prayed to Adi Shakti to save them from Mahishasura’s wrath. It is said that at this time, a heavenly light emerged from the bodies of all the Devtas and assumed the form of Goddess Durga.
Maa Durga and Mahishasura fought for nine days until she killed him on the tenth day. Maa Durga is revered as the goddess of power, and Durga Puja is observed throughout the country.a lot of fanfare and fervour During these 10 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 commemorate their ancestors and offer Tarpan or Shraddha to make their spirits happy. On Mahalaya Amavasya morning, ancestors are supposed to be bid farewell, and then in the evening, Maa Durga descends to earth and remains to bless mankind.
Durga Puja will begin on October 11 and will conclude on October 15 with Dashmi or Dusshera. On Mahalaya, devotees rise up early in the morning to adore Goddess Durga by chanting Chandipath, listening to Mahishasura Mardini, and other devotional mantras.