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The Bangalee Hindu community in the country, as elsewhere in the world, is celebrating the Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion heralding the advent of goddess Durga.
With the beginning of ‘Devipaksha’, Mahalaya is observed seven days before Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community.
Mahalaya marks an invitation of sorts to goddess Durga to begin her journey from Kailash to her paternal home (earth), along with her children.
This invitation is extended through the chanting of mantras from Sri Sri Chandi and singing devotional songs. Countdown of Durga Puja begins with the celebration of Mahalaya.
On October 15, the Durga Puja will begin with different rituals on the day of Maha Shashthi.
On the occasion of the day, Mahanagar Sarbajani Puja Committee has arranged special programmes of Mahalaya at Dhakeshwari National Temple at 5.30am. The country’s noted singers have performed in the programme.
Similar programmes will also be arranged in different temples in the capital city and across the country. Gulshan-Banani Sarbajani Puja Parishad will arrange programmes at dawn on the Banani ground.
Sanatan Samaj Kalyan Sangha will also celebrate the Mahalaya through different programme at dawn on the premises of Krishibid Institution.
On this day, Hindus remember and pay homage to the ancestors who have died by performing a puja, and offering Brahmins clothes, food and sweets in their name.