Mahalaya Amavasya is being observed today (Wednesday) by Hindu devotees. Mahalaya Amavasya marks the culmination of the Pitru Paksha period and the beginning of the Devi Paksha. Mahalaya is considered to be the day Goddess Durga defeated the demon Mahishasura.
On this day, the Goddess descends on the earth from her heavenly abode or Kailash on either a palanquin, boat, elephant or horse. Celebrations for Durga Puja begin seven days after Mahalaya.
Shradh and Tarpan rituals are performed for those who breathed their last on Purnima Tithi, Chaturdashi Tithi and Amavasya Tithi. Hindu devotees keep a fast for nine days and worship the nine forms of Maa Durga.
On October 11, Durga Puja will begin with different rituals on the day of Maha Shashthi.
Meanwhile, noted poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul Khalid has penned a song on Mahalaya festival. The lyricist also composed the music of the song titled ‘Mahalaya’ in which Priyanka Bishwas rendered her voice.