Mahalaya accompanies in the atmosphere of Durga Puja. The countdown for the Durga Puja begins from Mahalaya. It is only from the day of Mahalaya that the preparation for the Durga Puja reaches the final stage. This year Mahalaya is held on 23rd September, 2014 Tuesday.The day of Mahalaya is also the day of remembrance. On this day, people offer Tarpon in memory of their deceased forefathers. Devotees and worshipers buy clothes and sweets to offer to their forefathers in their nearest river. Tarpon is to be performed in empty stomach. After offering tarpon, people eat at the same place. .....
Om Jayanti, Mangala, Kali, Bhadrakali, Kapalini. Durga, ShibaKshama, Dhatri, Swaha, Swadha Namahstu Te.
Esha Sachandana Gandha Pushpa Bilwa Patranjali, Om Hrring Durgaoi Namah.
Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Matri rupena samsthitaYa Devi sarva bhuteshu Shakti rupena samsthitaYa Devi sarva bhutesu Shanti rupena samsthitaNamestasyai Namestasyai Namestasyai Namoh Namah .....
BrahmachariniThe second form of Durga is the one who performs penance. Goddess Parvati is just another form of Brahmacharini. She is depicted as a Devi, holding a rosary in her right hand and a Kamandal on her left.
ChandraghantaThe third form of Devi Durga, Chandraghanta, the radiant woman with golden hair, holds weapons in each of her ten hands, and a halfmoon on her forehead. She is the symbol of bravery and valor, and is a fiercer avatar of Goddess Durga.
KushmandaDepicted as a beautiful woman mounted on a lion, Goddess Kushmanda resides in the core of the sun. She created the entire universe in the shape of an egg and gave it life with her radiating smile. She is the fourth incarnation of Goddess Durga.
Skanda MataSkanda Mata is the fifth form of Durga. She is accompanied by her infant son Skanda or Karthikeya, who is the commander in chief of Gods in battle against demons. She is portrayed as a woman with bright complexion with three eyes and four arms.
KatyayaniKatyayani was the sixth form of Goddess Durga. The Rishi pined for a daughter in the form of a Goddess, which Durga graciously granted. As a result, Goddess Katyayani was born to the great Rishi Kata.
KalratriKalratri, the dark Goddess of the night, is depicted as a frightening woman with three eyes, with fire emanating from her nostrils and a long sword in her right hand. She is the seventh form of Goddess Durga and is also known as Shubhamkari the one who does good deeds.
Maha GauriMaha Gauri is the eighth form of Goddess Durga. She got this name when Lord Shiva cleansed her with water from the Ganges. She is portrayed in a white sari, riding a bull and is the embodiment of peace and tranquility.
SiddhidatriThe ninth form of Durga Maa seated on the lotus, is worshipped by all, including the Gods. She was blessed with supernatural powers Siddhis Mahima, Laghima, Prakamya, Anima, Prapti, Garima, Vashitva and Lishitya.
Durga Devi, the powerful Goddess, is worshipped in all her nine forms through Navaratri. In her different incarnations, Goddess Durga vanquishes all evil and showers wealth and prosperity upon her devotees. .....
The Death Of MahishasuraMahishasura, was a demon who unleashed evil and terror all over the world. He could not be killed by Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. This was because of a boon granted by God Brahma to Mahishasura according to which he would not be destroyed by any deity or man. With the combined forces of all the Gods, Mahadevi was created who was neither goddess nor human. With her fierce lion as her carrier, Goddess Durga Mahadevi rode towards the lair of Mahishasura. After 9 days of continuous battle the demon was finally beaten. Thus, Mahadevi also came to be known as Mahishasura Mardhini the slayer of Mahishasura.
Lord Rams VictoryBefore confronting Ravana, Lord Ram sought the blessings of Goddess Durga by performing the Chandi Puja. To perform the Puja, Rama required 108 blue lotuses, but he had only 107 of them. Instead, he offered his own eye that resembled a lotus and placed it at the feet of the Goddess. Pleased with his devotion and pure mind, Goddess Durga saved Rama while he was at battle and blessed him with power of being invincible. Thus, Lord Ram defeated the 10 headed demon king Ravana with Goddess Durgas blessings.
Devi Durga is known as the Goddess of eternal power. Durga puja is an ageold festival and is celebrated with great fanfare all over the country. Goddess Durga is vanquisher of all evil. Every year, Durga Puja is celebrated throughout the country and devotees pray to the Goddess and seek her blessings and protection.
BiharDurga Puja is one of the major festivals in Bihar. Bhagvati Durga Puja and NouDurga along with Vijaya Dashami is an important festival of the Maithili Community. Hundreds of pandals are set up with carnivals.
GujaratNavaratri is devoted to Amba mataji. In some homes, images of mataji are worshiped in accordance with accepted practice.
JharkhandDurga Puja is celebrated with many carnivals. The festival mood starts from Mahalaya, a huge surge in visitors is witnessed during the last four days of the festival, arriving from cities like Jamshedpur TATA, Ranchi, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Sisai, etc. After offering puja, thousands of people set out in the evening to have a darshan of pandals.
KarnatakaDurga Puja is celebrated in a grand way in this state. In Mysore, Dussehra is easily the most popular festival. Elephants are decked up with robes and jewellery and taken in processions through the streets of the city.
KashmirHindus in Jammu and Kashmir celebrate their festivals with pomp and show. These days, festivities are more subdued. The favourite deities of Kashmir are Lord Shiva and Serawali Ma Durga, the one who rides the tiger.PunditsDogris and Muslims alike vouch that Navratri is important.
KeralaIn Kerala, Durga Puja signifies the beginning of formal education for every child aged 35 years. While puja goes on in the temple for all ten days, it is the concluding three days which are most important. Ashtami is the day of Ayudya Puja, when all the tools at home are worshipped. .....