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Mahalaya 2020 date, time, significance: Why Durga Puja has been pushed again by over a month – India News , Firstpost

According to 2 widespread faculties of almanac, uncommon hole between Mahalaya and Mahasashthi is because of the prevalence of a lunar month which has two new moons

Mahalaya 2020 date, time, significance: Why Durga Puja has been pushed back by over a month

Kolkata: Visitors at a neighborhood puja pandal to have fun ‘Maha Saptami’ of Durga Puja competition in Kolkata, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra) (PTI10_5_2019_000238B)

Mahalaya marks the start of the Devipaksha and the tip of the Pitrupaksha based on Hindu calendar. For the unversed, Pitru Paksha is a 16-lunar day interval when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors via shradh prayers and meals choices.

The interval begins on the total moon day or a day after within the lunar month of Bhadrapada. Devotees consider that performing rites throughout this era helps liberate souls to realize salvation from the cicle of life and dying

While Mahalaya Amavasya is the day that marks the end result of the Pitry Paksha interval and the start of the Devi Paksha, issues are a bit completely different this yr.

Here is the time, date and significance of Mahalaya

Mahalaya Amavasya Date:

This yr, Mahalaya Amavasya can be noticed on 17 September, on the identical day as Vishwakarma Puja.

Time or tithi of Mahalaya 2020

Reports have claimed that this yr the amavasya started at 7.56 pm on 16 September and can finish at 4.29 pm on 17 September.

Significance of Mahalaya Amavasya

On the day of Mahalaya, folks pay obeisance to the soul of their father by performing tarpan in Ganga. This day can also be ideally suited to conduct Shradh rituals for anybody who breathed their final on the Purnima Tithi, Chaturdashi Tithi or Amavasya Tithi.
It can also be the day when Devipaksha begins.

It is believed that on Mahalaya, Goddess Durga begins her journey to the Earth from her dwelling in Kailash. Durga brings her kids Kartik, Ganesha, Lakshmi and Saraswati as she visits her father’s dwelling. The automobile she boards to descend additionally adjustments yearly.

Why Durga Puja is 35 days later from Mahalaya this yr?

This yr Mahalaya is being celebrated on 17 September however, Durga Puja remains to be a month away, with Sosthi scheduled to happen on 22 October. This is uncommon as there’s usually a niche of solely six days between Mahalaya and ‘Pujo’.

Mahalaya is marked with Pitri-tarpan (choices to ancestors) and it’ll achieve this even in 2020. But the start of the Durga Puja has been pushed again to keep away from an unholy month or ‘mala mash’.

In accordance with the Bengali calendar, Mahalaya falls on the primary day of the month Ashwin, which can also be a brand new moon (amavasya). The downside is with Ashwin’s second new moon, which falls on the 29th day of the month, that’s on October 16.

According to The Telegraph , two widespread faculties of almanac, Bisuddha Siddhanta and Surya Siddhanta, agree on this aberration because of the presence of two new moons within the month of Ashwin.

Manoj Lahiri of Bisuddha Siddhanta Panjika spoke with the portal and defined that any lunar month that has two new moons (amavasya) known as a mala mash. During this month, “no auspicious rites and rituals can be performed”.

This yr, Ashwin is such a month. Thus, Durga Puja, which is without doubt one of the hottest festivals for folks in Bengal, Assam and Odisha, can be “deferred till that lunar month is over and takes place in the next month that is Kartik”.

Hence, because the lunar month of Kartik begins on 17 October, Devipaksha (the holy interval of the Goddess’ awakening) can even start.

Most of the neighborhood mandapas start their rites on the day of Sosthi, so this transformation is not going to trigger them any such downside. But there exist some conventional pujo (in Kalighat temple for instance) the place the rites start on Krishna Navami, the ninth day of the brand new moon cycle which ends on Mahalaya, and continues until Vijaya Dashami in Devipaksha.

The Statesman reported, that that is the primary time that Mahalaya has taken place 35 days earlier than the beginning of Durga Puja. In 2001, Durga Puja was noticed 30 days after the Mahalaya. Before that, the phenomenon had occurred in 1982.

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