Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted people on the occasion of Mahalaya, which marks the beginning of Durga Puja festivities.
May everyone be happy as well as healthy in the times to come, Modi wished. ”Shubho Mahalaya! We bow to Maa Durga and seek her blessings for the well-being of our planet and the welfare of our citizens. May everyone be happy as well as healthy in the times to come,” he tweeted.
We bow to Maa Durga and seek her blessings for the well-being of our planet and the welfare of our citizens. May everyone be happy as well as healthy in the times to come.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 6, 2021
Significance of Mahalaya
Mahalaya marks the end of Pitripaksha, ‘the fortnight of the forefathers’, a 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to ancestors.
Mahalaya marks the beginning of the 10-day annual Durga Puja festival. This year, Durga Puja will be celebrated from October 11-15.
According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Mahalaya is observed on Amavasya, the last day of Krishnapaksha, the dark fortnight, in the month of Ashwin. It is believed that Goddess Durga descends on Earth, her ‘paternal home’, on this day every year. A common practice of tarpan in the holy Ganges is popular on this day.
People throng the holy river and remember their ancestors one last time before the beginning of Devi Paksha.
The month of Sharad begins the next day, along with Devipaksha, heralding the 10-day ‘Sharadotsav’.
Mahalaya 2021 Wishes, Greetings To Share With Loved Ones
* Here’s wishing one and all a very blissful Mahalaya Amavasya.
* May Maa Durga’s blessings remove all obstacles from your life as she removes the darkness from the universe on this auspicious day.
* May this Durga Puja bring joy and prosperity to all aspects of your life! Shubho Mahalaya
* Rupam dehi,
May Maa Durga’s homecoming fill Earth with new hope and joy, this Mahalaya!
* May this festive season brightens your days and nights.
May it add colour and make your life more bright.
May it amply remove all worries from your life, and give you strength to face every strife.