Mahalaya marks an invitation of sorts extended to goddess Durga to begin her journey from Kailash to her paternal home (earth), along with her children
The Bangali Hindu community in Bangladesh, like elsewhere in the world, will celebrate the Mahalaya today, the auspicious occasion heralding the advent of goddess Durga.
With the beginning of "Devipaksha," Mahalaya marks the beginning of Durga Puja celebrations, the biggest religious festival of the Bangali Hindu community.
Mahalaya marks an invitation of sorts extended 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 4, the Durga Puja will begin with different rituals on the day of Maha Shashthi.
On the occasion, special programmes of Mahalaya will be arranged at different temples across the country, including capital Dhaka, tomorrow morning.
On this day, Hindus remember, and pay homage to their ancestors, who had passed away, by performing puja, and offering the Brahmins clothes, food, and sweets in the name of the departed.