Last updated: September 10, 2022, 05:10 IST
The last day of Pitru Paksha or Pitripaksha (a 16-day period dedicated to ancestors) in the month of Ashwina is known as Mahalaya. This day is celebrated on Amavasya, which marks the end of Krishna paksha. Hindus believe that every year on this day, the goddess Durga arrives on Earth. Moreover, this religiously significant day marks the beginning of the 10-day annual Durga Puja festival in West Bengal. Mahalaya, also called Sarva Pitra Amavasya, is celebrated on September 25 this year.
Mahalaya 2022: Rituals
The last day of Pitripaksha is dedicated to the deceased members of a family. People perform tarpan, a ritual in which an offering is made to the ancestors. The road is performed only after taking a dip in the Ganges or other sacred river body.
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For the people of West Bengal, Mahalaya is of particular importance. People wake up before sunrise and make all the preparations to welcome Goddess Durga into their homes. On Mahalaya, people even prefer to listen to Mahishasuramardini’s composition.
Mahalaya 2022: Shubh Muhurati
The Brahma Muhurat starts from 4:35 am to 5:23 pm while Abhijit Muhurat starts from 11:48 am to 12:37 pm. The arrival times for Godhuli Muhurat are 6:02 PM to 6:26 PM and the times for Vijaya Muhurat to appear are 2:13 PM to 3:01 PM.
Mahalaya 2022: Meaning
In addition to paying tribute to ancestors, this day is commemorated to emphasize the power of truth and courage and the victory of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, the goddess Durga is believed to have been created by the forces of all the supreme gods to kill a demon named Mahishasura who is said to have caused destruction on Earth.
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