Kolkata, August 8: On the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya today, several rituals and prayers are performed. The day marks the end of Pitri Paksha or Pitru Paksha, when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, and the start of Devi Paksha. Among some of the rituals that are performed today are offering food and water as a homage to their forefathers to express their gratitude, known as Tarpan. It is usually performed early in the morning, however this year, the tithi for Mahalaya is slightly different. The reason being, Amavasya is starting around 11 AM, so tarpana can be only done after that. According to reports, Mahalaya tarpana starting time is 10.49 AM on Monday and will end at 9:08 AM on Tuesday. Mahalaya 2018: Date & Significance of the Day When Pitru Paksha Ends & Goddess Durga Descends On Earth.
According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that on the day of Mahalaya, the ten hands goddess descends on the earth to fight against all the evils and protect us. Mahalaya 2018: How to Hear Mahishasura Mardini Live on AIR, Watch Online on YouTube & Telecast on Zee Bangla, Colors Bangla, Star Jalsa & Other Channels.
People on this day, wake up at 4 am and to tune in to their radios to listen late Birendra Krishna Bhadra's "Mahishasura Mardini" recitation from the verses of Chandi Path along with Bengali devotional songs. On the day of Mahalaya, it is also the ritual to paint the eyes of the Goddess on this day, which is called Chakshu-daan.