Why is Mahalaya celebrated and what happens on the day?

The Durga Puja celebrations start around a week after Mahalaya. The popular belief is that on this day, Goddess Durga descends from Mount Kailash after defeating the demon Mahishasura.

Why is Mahalaya celebrated and what happens on the day?

We have officially entered the holiday season with only a few days left until the Navratri and Durga celebrations honouring Goddess Durga and her avatars.

While there are some minor differences in terms of customs between these two events, they overlap and are generally comparable. Mahalaya, however, is a significant day that gives insight into the celebrations that take place in the second half of the year.

According to the Hindu community, Mahalaya signifies the conclusion of "Krishnapaksha," a gloomy fortnight in the month of Ashwin. The 10-day Durga Puja/Navratri festival officially kicks off the following day with the onset of "Sharad," or the first day.

The auspicious day serves as a reminder of this triumph, of bravery, and the universal truth that virtue always wins out over evil in the end.