Mahalaya in India in 2020

Mahalaya in India in 2020
  How long until Mahalaya?
This holiday next takes place in 299 days.
  Dates of Mahalaya in India
2021 Oct 6
KarnatakaWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
OdishaWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
2020 Sep 15
KarnatakaTue, Sep 15Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Sep 15Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Sep 15Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Sep 15Regional Holiday
2019 Sep 28
KarnatakaSat, Sep 28Regional Holiday
OdishaSat, Sep 28Regional Holiday
TripuraSat, Sep 28Regional Holiday
West BengalSat, Sep 28Regional Holiday
2018 Oct 8, Oct 9
OdishaTue, Oct 9Regional Holiday
KarnatakaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
West BengalMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
2017 Sep 19
KarnatakaTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
Marks the first day of the festival of Durga Puja
  Which regions observe Mahalaya in 2020?
Karnataka  KarnatakaSep 15Regional Holiday
Odisha  OdishaSep 15Regional Holiday
Tripura  TripuraSep 15Regional Holiday
West Bengal  West BengalSep 15Regional Holiday

In India, Mahalaya is a public holiday in several states.

Mahalaya 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 reflected in public holidays in some states in India.

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