Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the morale of all the people has been lower than ever. But the upcoming festivals will surely cheer them up. On September 17, there is a Hindu festival called “Mahalaya Amavasya” which is celebrated by the worshipers to welcome the divine Goddess Durga. This occasion is celebrated before an even bigger festival called Durga Puja in Bengal and other parts of India. Usually, Mahalaya Amavasya is celebrated seven days before the Durga Puja but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the celebration of Durga Puja is delayed a month later. World Patient Safety Day 2020
Significance of Mahalaya Amavasya
The meaning of Mahalaya is the beginning of Devi Paksha and the end of the Pitri Paksha. According to Hindu Mythology, Pitri Paksha considered as unfortunate and unholy, on this day death rites and rituals are performed by many peoples. From the beginning to the end of the Mahalaya, there is a total of 16 lunar days and during this period devotees offer and pay their respects to their ancestors (Pitra Dev).
After seven days of Mahalaya Amavasya Durga Puja is celebrated in the Bengali Households, where worshipers chants mantra and sing spiritual songs called “Mahishasura Mardini” in this period.
According to Hindu Mythology, on this day Goddess Durga left the Kailash Parvat to travel to her maternal home along with Ganesha, Kartik, Lakshmi, and Parvati.
Why Durga Puja is celebrated after one month of Mahalaya Amavasya this year?
Typically, Durga Puja falls only after seven days of Mahalaya Amavasya but this year devotees have to wait as much as 35 days. This is due to “mala mash” which is an unholy time period where any spiritual task is prohibited. In the “mala mash” period, there are two Amavasyas or two new moons. Usually, the auspicious day of Durga Puja falls in “Ashwin” month but this time it falls in the “Kartik” month.