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OTH 6

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Glimpses of Kolkata on Mahalaya ahead of Durga Pujahttps://indianexpress.com/photos/india-news/glimpses-of-kolkata-on-mahalaya-ahead-of-durga-puja-5391520/

Glimpses of Kolkata on Mahalaya ahead of Durga Puja

One of the most anticipated festivals, Durga Puja begins with Mahalaya. The day marks the beginning of Devi-Paksha and end of Pitru-Paksha and is looked forward to by Bengalis all across the universe with a lot of anticipation and zeal.

One of the most anticipated festivals, Durga Puja begins with Mahalaya. The day marks the beginning of Devi-Paksha and end of Pitru-Paksha and is the most awaited festival by Bengalis all across the country with a lot of anticipation and zeal. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Mahalaya is observed seven days before Durga Puja and this year it falls on October 8. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Mahalaya is a Sanskrit word, wherein ‘maha’ means great, and ‘alaya’ implies abode. The goddess is invited and ushered in her home through chants, devotional songs, recitals and prayers. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Apart from offering prayers for their ancestors, people also offer Brahmin bhoj, tarpan and give something to the needy. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Hindus consider Mahalaya very auspicious day as they believe that Goddess Durga descended on the planet this day. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Many Hindus visit religious sites to offer the shradh prayers for their ancestors during Pitra Paksha. The rituals are conducted in the presence of a priest. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

This year, the Durga Puja starts on October 8 (Mahalaya) and will end on October 19 (Bijoya Dashami). (Express photo by Partha Paul)

It is believed that on Mahalaya, Goddess Durga is invited along with her children to begin her journey from Kailash to her paternal home (earth). (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Durga Puja, among bringing people together and having a great cultural significance, also marks the triumph of good over the evil and it all begins with Mahalaya.(Express photo by Partha Paul)

Durga idol being taken to the College Square Puja pandal in Kolkata on Monday. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

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