Durga Puja is the most important festival of the Bengalis. The entire nation reunites in celebrating this auspicious occasion.
They worship Goddess Durga & this is one of the most awaited festival of India.
It is said, Bengalis get into the festive mood right from the time of Mahalaya. Puja pandals get their final touches, people start sending gifts to their loved ones, start buying new clothes and make innumerable plans for the upcoming festival.
On this day of Mahalaya, every Bengali traditionally wakes up early in the morning ( before rise of the sun ) to listen to "Mahisasuramardni", an audio montage of Chandipath recitation from the scriptural verses of Sri Sri Chandi along with devotional songs. Bengalis also make food and water offerings for their deceased ancestors. It is believed that goddess Durga begins her journey from "Mount Kailash" to her maternal home on Earth after the auspicious day of Mahalaya, on either a boat, elephant or horse, etc.
This year, Mahalaya Amavasya will be observed on September 17, 2020. Normally, celebrations for Durga Puja begin seven days after Mahalaya. In 2020, however, the much-awaited festival would be held a month after Mahalaya. So, the Durga Puja celebrations will be held between October 22 (Shashthi) and October 26 (Vijaya Dashami) this year. Normally right after Mahalaya, all the preparations get into a flow. But this year situations must be a little different due to the spread of the pandamic situation that the country is going through.
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