Mahalaya, which marks the beginning of Devi-Paksha and the end of the Pitri-Paksha (the Shradh or the mourning period) is an auspicious day for Bengalis, who celebrate it with much enthusiasm. Mahalaya is observed seven days before the Durga Puja.
This day also holds a special meaning for Hindus, who perform the ritual of Tarpan (offering). Men clad in dhotis go to the banks of the river Ganga and offer prayers to their deceased forefathers and perform pind-daan.
The holy occasion of Mahalaya is the first day of Durga Puja or Navratri that will start on 19th September, 2017 and end on 30th September, 2017.
DURGA PUJA CALENDER :
19th September – Mahalaya 2017
25th September – Maha Panchami 2017
26th September – Maha Sashti 2017
27th September – Maha Saptami 2017
28th September – Maha Ashtami 2017
29th September – Maha Navami 2017
30th September – Maha Dashmi 2017
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