Mahalaya observed in Silchar

Mahalaya observed in Silchar

Silchar is situated at the Indian state of Assam, where a huge amount of Bengalis live. So it is evident that the whole scenario of the city changes when the essence of the Durga Puja arises. According to rituals and mythology this festival begins with Mahalaya, the day when the Goddess Durga comes down to the earth along with her four children. During the Puja, people pray in front of the idol of Goddess Durga to earn her blessings. But today, Durga Puja is no less than a carnival for all Bengalis and a secular phenomenon crossing all the boundaries of religion.

Mahalaya-Ashesh ChoudhuryMahalaya is considered as the day when Goddess Durga comes down to the Earth with all her children. During the day we saw all Puja pandals playing devotional Chandi hymns through loudspeakers much before the sunrise. People gathered at near the Sadarghat Bridge to celebrate this occasion. Lots of people were seen to perform the religious ritual called Tarpan to honor the deceased family members by offering the water tributes.

The biggest attraction of the Mahalaya for every Bengali is the recitation and narration of the Chandi hymns by great Birendra Krishna Bhadra under the title of ‘Mahisasura Mardini’, which is broadcasted from the All India Radio. This program has been broadcasted since 1930 by All India Radio and it still stirs the hearts of the people aged from 8 to 80. The broadcast starts at 4 of the dawn.