Mahalaya in India in 2021

Mahalaya in India in 2021

  How long until Mahalaya?
  Dates of Mahalaya in India
2022 Sep 25
KarnatakaSun, Sep 25Regional Holiday
OdishaSun, Sep 25Regional Holiday
TripuraSun, Sep 25Regional Holiday
West BengalSun, Sep 25Regional Holiday
2021 Oct 6
KarnatakaWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
OdishaWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
2020 Sep 17
KarnatakaThu, Sep 17Regional Holiday
OdishaThu, Sep 17Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Sep 17Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Sep 17Regional 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

Marks the first day of the festival of Durga Puja

  Which regions observe Mahalaya in 2021?
  KarnatakaOct 6Regional Holiday
  OdishaOct 6Regional Holiday
  TripuraOct 6Regional Holiday
  West BengalOct 6Regional 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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