When is Durga Puja 2014? Durga Ashtami Bijoya Dashami Mahalaya Amavasya
Durga puja 2014 or Durgotsava will be celebrated between 30th September 2014 (Tuesday) to 03rd October 2014 (Friday).
|Mahalaya||Thurday, 23rd September 2014|
|Panchmi||Sunday, 28th September 2014|
|Shashthi||Monday, 29th September 2014|
|Saptami||Tuesday, 30th September 2014|
|Maha Ashtami||Wednesday, 01st October 2014|
|Maha Nabami||Thursday, 02nd October 2014|
|Vijaya Dashami||Friday, 03rd October 2014|
|Lakshmi Puja||Tuesday, 07th October 2014|
|Kali Puja||Thursday, 23rd October 2014|
Mahalaya heralds the coming of Goddess Durga on earth. On the day of Mahalaya, Goddess Durga is invited to transcend on earth. The festival of Durga Puja starts from Shashthi or the sixth day of the month of Ashvin. It ends with the immersion of Durga idols or Visarjan on Vijayadashami.
The preparations for the most awaiting festival, Durga Puja begins on the day of Mahalaya. This day escorts to the aura of Durga Puja. Mahalaya marks the end of “Pitr- Paksha” and the beginning of “Devi paksha”. People believe that Lord Shree Rama performed Durga Puja on this day, just before his journey to Lanka for rescue of Sita.
Mahalaya marks the start of the ‘Devipaksha’ and the end of the ‘Pitri-paksha’. The traditional six day countdown to Mahasaptami starts from Mahalaya.
Mahalaya is a sacred occasion observed a week before the Durga Puja. This day is of utmost importance for the Bengalis. It is celebrated in order to invite Goddess Durga, the supreme power to descend on earth by chanting mantras and singing Devi Maa bhajans till midnight.
This day is also considered the day of remembrance of departed souls of the family. The ritual of offering “tarpan” in memory of forefathers is commonly practiced on this day. Tarpan is offered on the banks of River Ganga by priests for different group of devotees. The rituals start from early dawn and end during the midday. It is believed that “tarpan” should be offered empty stomach and one should have food at the same place after completing the ritual.
Significance of Mahalaya
Mahalaya (महालय) has great spiritual as well as religious significance in Hindu as well as Bengali culture. It indicates the time for subjugation of all evil spirits and surrender to the eternal divinity. To conclude, Mahalaya is the initiation of the festive elation all over.