|Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM|
Navratri means "As we take nine months in our mother's womb, before we are
born, we take these nine days to go back to our source. These nine days are to be
spent in meditation, satsangs, silence and knowledge."
In Bengal, Mahalaya (Bengali: মহালয়া) marks the beginning of Durga Puja
festivities. Mahalaya is the day when the goddess Durga is believed to have
descended to Earth. People in West Bengal, traditionally wake up early in the
morning on Mahalaya to recite hymns from the Devi Mahatmyam (Chandi) scripture.
Offerings to the ancestors are made in homes and at puja mandaps. Goddess
Durga has finally been awakened with the morning song of Mahalaya . It is
symbolically seen that Goddess Durga awakens to fight back darkness and slay the
devil wrecking havoc on Earth.