Mahalaya Amavasya 2020: Date, time, Greetings, and significance- Mahalaya Amavasya 2020 will be observed on September 17. The Amavasya Tithi begins at 7.56 pm on September 16 and ends at 4.29 pm on September 17.
Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Durga Puja and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It’s a kind of invocation or invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth – “Jago Tume Jago”. This is done through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs, especially The Chandi Patha.
Come October, and Hindus all over the world get enthused in festive fervor. In Odisha, the preparation of the people of Cuttack begins on “Mahalaya” for Durga Puja and Katkis get busy to complete the final preparations for their greatest festival – Durga Puja.
Since the early 1930s, Mahalaya has come to associate itself with an early morning radio program called “Mahisasura Mardini” or “The Annihilation of the Demon on All India Radio. ”The program has also been translated into Hindi set to similar orchestration and is broadcast at the same time for a pan-Indian audience. Mostly the people of Bengal and Cuttack tune to All India Radio early morning around 3 AM on the day of Subha Mahalaya.
This program has almost become synonymous with Mahalaya. For nearly six decades now, the whole of the Bengal community here rises up in the chilly pre-dawn hours, 3 am to be precise, of the Mahalaya day to tune in to the “Mahisasura Mardini” broadcast.
In the temple of Goddess Samaleswari, the Goddess gets the incarnation in White known as “Dhabalamukhi Besha”.
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