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Durga Puja 2020: Know Why This Year it Will be Celebrated 35 Days After Mahalaya

Due to ‘mala mash’ or the ‘unholy month’, auspicious rituals and ceremonies are averted.

Durga Puja 2020: Know Why This Year it Will be Celebrated 35 Days After Mahalaya
Durga Puja

The two week interval of Pitru Paksh Shradh ends with Mahalaya Amavasya, which will probably be noticed on September 17. Also referred to as Sarv Pitru Amavasya, the Mahalaya Amavasya heralds the start of the Devi Paksha.

The day marks the graduation of the Sharadiya Navratri season and devotees quick for 9 days and worship Maa Durga. On a traditional 12 months, celebrations for Durga Puja begin seven days after Mahalaya with Mahashashthi. Bengali month of Ashwin is a lunar month, and Durga Puja pageant can solely start after this era is over.

However, this 12 months, the much-awaited pageant can be celebrated a month after Mahalaya. Mashashthi falling 35 days after Mahalaya is attributed to an prevalence referred to as the ‘mala mash’ or the ‘unholy month’. During this era, auspicious rituals and ceremonies are averted. The ‘mala mash’ witnesses two new moons or ‘Amavasyas.’

The uncommon schedule isn’t the primary ever, nevertheless. The final time Durga Puja was delayed was in 2001 when the pageant commenced 30 days after Mahalaya. Before that, the occasions occurred in 1982.

How is Mahalaya noticed?

Bengalis mark this event with the festive fervour simply after Mahalaya. On today, devotees get up to the sound of Mahisasuramardni, an audio of Chandipath recital from the holy verses of Sri Sri Chandi together with non secular songs. Then they provide make meals and water to deceased ancestors.

The most auspicious interval for Durga Puja, the Devi Paksha begins from October 17 with ‘Pratipad’ or the primary day of the Sharadiya Navratri.

Durga Puja 2020: Days and dates

Panchami: October 21

Shashthi: October 22

Saptami: October 23

Ashtami: October 24

Navami: October 25

Vijaya Dashami: October 26 – the final day of Navratri concluding with Dussehra

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