Mahalaya is here and the countdown for Durga Puja commences for the year. The day marks the end of Pitru Paksha and the beginning of Devi Paksha. A big part of Mahalaya is to remember departed souls by offering tarpan. The day marks the beginning of Navaratri and Durga Puja. Devi Paksha in itself is the waxing phase of the moon which comes in the month of Ashwin as per Hindu calendar.
Devi Katyayani is associated with the red colour, similar to Maa Durga. Navratri is a nine-day long festival which began from October 10 this year and will last till 18th with Vijayadashami falling on the 19th. The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay West Bengal government's decision to offer grants totalling Rs 28 crore to various Durga Puja committees in the state.
In the year , exactly 50 years ago, a record of two songs was released ahead of Durga Puja. Durga Puja celebrations over the years have undergone a lot of changes with new trends taking over old practices. The tradition of Pujo album releases had gradually taken a back seat. Old-timers, however, miss the annual feature.
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