Mahalaya in Odisha in 2019

Mahalaya in Odisha in 2019
  How long until Mahalaya?
This holiday next takes place in 72 days.
  Dates of Mahalaya in Odisha
2021 Wed, Oct 6Regional Holiday
2020 Tue, Sep 15Regional Holiday
2019 Sat, Sep 28Regional Holiday
2018 Tue, Oct 9Regional Holiday
2017 Tue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
  Summary
Marks the first day of the festival of Durga Puja

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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