Statue of the goddess Durga
When is Mahalaya?
How long until Mahalaya?
|This holiday next takes place in 341 Days.|
Dates of Mahalaya
Regions where Mahalaya is a holiday
|Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal|
|Mahalya is celebrated on the new moon in the month of Bhadrapada and 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 29 September 2019 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 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.