If you know about Durga pujo you will know about Mahalaya. If not I will tell you a little bit about it.
In West Bengal, Mahalaya is the beginning of the biggest Bengali celebration of the year. It is believed that on this Day Goddess Durga visited Earth from the Heavens.The Durga Pujo festivities is not just religious fervor.It’s also a socio-cultural melting pot. (Bengali: মহালয়া) marks the beginning of Durga Puja festivities.
What do people do?
They wake up early in the morning to recite or listen to hymns.
What are these hymns chanted on Mahalaya?
Chandipath or the Devi Mahatmya is a Hindu religious text which describes the Goddess as the creator of the Universe. It is an important part of the Markandeya Puran In this text you get a glimpse into why the Goddess is all powerful. Parvati appears as the Goddess Durga with the powers of all the God within her and destroys Mahishasura. The Goddess is very angry because Mahishasura has taken over Heaven and made the God’s homeless. He is also spreading anarchy everywhere. Blessed by Lord Brahma, this evil tyrannical demon cannot be killed by any man or God. Its invincibility or something close to it.
Mahalaya: The underlying significance
- The power of the collective is often much more than the most powerful. Maa Durga is created out of the supreme powers of all Gods and Goddess Laxmi, Saraswati, and Parvati. She is blessed, cherished and she fights for all. This makes Hinduism unique. This ancient religion is one of the few where the feminine forms are equally revered. Throughout the scriptures, you will read that the ultimate power lies in the feminine aspect of the higher powers.
- Women are not weak and their softer appearance helps to grace the world and is not a sign of weakness.
- Demons, when given a choice between good and evil, will always choose evil and power.Your choices determine your destiny.
- All rules can be broken when it’s for the greater good.
- Good stories are important, where good wins. There is power in mass belief for good or evil. If there’s a choice, it’s always best to spread optimism and positivity.
- Many of world’s problems have their root in discrimination against women.
- Women have power in them, they are blessed by the Shakti form of the Goddess.
- Nonviolence has its part. But just like we eradicate diseases, evil needs eradication. The medicine is suited to the disease, all problems cannot be solved non-violently.
- With each Durga Pujo, be stronger as a woman, as a sister, daughter, and mother. While you cannot save or guide everyone, that you can do it, will inspire others. Some stories are timeless and this is one of them
Maa Durga is coming here on earth and she is getting ready for her yearly battle. Good versus evil, the eternal battle and it’s always women who fight the hardest and strongest. The most beautiful mother in this world is also the strongest. Keep that Maa Durga part inside you alive and strong. You never know when you will need to save the world.
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Durga Pujo part 3 (coming soon)
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