Mahalaya is here and Durga Puja is just a few days away. So, how about heralding in this Mahalaya with some rare known facts about this special phase?
Mahalaya brings with it the anticipation for the upcoming Pujo, but it also has some interesting facts of its own! How much do you know about Mahalaya?
Let’s take a look at some lesser-known facts about Mahalaya and find out:
Mahalaya marks the beginning of Devi Pokkho and the end of Pitri Pokkho. To commemorate the end of Pitri Pokkho, in the wee hours of the morning, men of the family head out to the Ganga Ghat and pay homage to their ancestors.
Durga Pujo is celebrated as the homecoming of Maa Durga. She travels with her children from Mount Kailash to the plains. It is believed that her journey begins on the day of Mahalaya.
While the process of making Durga pratimas or idols begins way earlier, idol makers across the world, follow the ritual of painting the eyes, popularly known as Chakhhu Daan on this very day.
Every year people wake up early in the morning to listen to the story of Mahisasurmardini, which narrates how Maa Durga (representing good) was created by the Gods and defeated Mahisasura (representing evil).
This narration in the voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra was first recorded and broadcast in 1931 and it has been played every year since then.
Many attempts have been made to modernize the original version of the narration, but all of them have failed because people at large associate Mahalaya with the original one and the original one only!
Enjoy a happy and auspicious Mahalaya every one!