National and Public Holidays in India Regional Hindu holiday in India

Godess Durga

When is Mahalaya?

How long until Mahalaya?
This holiday next takes place in 231 Days.
1 Day
Dates of Mahalaya
Year Weekday Date
2019 Sunday September 29th
2018 Monday October 8th
2017 Tuesday September 19th
2016 Friday September 30th
2015 Monday October 12th
2014 Wednesday September 24th
Regions where Mahalaya is a holiday
Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal
Marks the first day of the festival of Durga Puja

In India, Mahalaya is a public holiday in several states. In 2018 Mahalaya is celebrated on 8 October 2018 in Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal.

Mahalya is celebrated on Sarvapitri Amavasya (new moon) in the month of Bhadrapada.

Traditions of Mahalaya

Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. On this day, the goddess Durga is believed to have descended to Earth.

Mahalaya is marked by large, elaborately crafted statutes of Durga which are set up in homes and on decorated podiums called Pandals.

Mahalaya also marks the end of Pitri Paksha, a 16 day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.

Durga Puja

Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess, and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

While celebrated across India, In West Bengal, Assam and Tripura, it is the biggest festival of the year and the most significant cultural event in Bengali Hindu society.

The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days with the start and the last five days being special festivals that are refelected in public holidays in some states in India.

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