Rupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisho Jahi
For Bengalis, Mahalaya is a special day always. Today is the starting of Devi Paksha and the ending of Pitri-Paksha. We have a special feeling, an emotion attached with this day. In this City of Joy, you can have the full flavor of Durga Puja. Today, literally the countdown begins and shopping malls get the highest crowd for these days.
Mahalaya reminds me that ‘Ma Asche’ and the coming 5 days will be the best fun-filled days of this year. Because for Bengalis, Durga Pujo means Adda with friends, movie, good foods, new dress and pandal hopping.
It is believed that today, Ma Durga starts her journey for the earth with family and she kills the demon ‘Mahishasura’ after a furious battle. The day marks beginning of women power and Durga Ma comes to bless humans with her divine blessings. Mahalaya is observed just 7 days before the Durga Puja so for us, the day is the final call to complete all shopping and let’s get ready to celebrate it.
For us, Mahalaya means, listening Virendra Vadra’s ‘Mahishasuramardini’ in All India Radio. All Bengal gets up at the Pre-dawn hours for this. Even we can’t think this day without the song, Bajlo Tomar Alor Benu.
With Mahalaya I love to flaunt my #sareeswag and it gives me immense happiness and joy. It is a blissful day for me.
I love to experiment with the draping style always and this time I have tried my yellow kanjivaram with a black dress. Isn’t it interesting?
The draping is very easy and good to carry for those who are not much comfortable with saree. I am not a saree person so such draping style is my best choice always. Here I ditch accessories except for this fabulous neckpiece. This big choker has added all the oomph to this look.
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The day is the celebration of Women Power. It reminds me that we, the Women can fight against all the odds and achieve whatever we want. Women are the source of power, they fight, they love, they give birth to a child.
Ma Durga signifies the immeasurable power of the universe and implies feminine zing. In this look, my ’big bindi’ represents the third eye of Durga Ma. The three-eyed mother Durga is known as ‘Triyambake Gauri’. Symbolically the left eye represents desire – the moon; the right eye is the sun and the third eye represents knowledge or Fire.
According to Hindu Puran, Lord Shiva destroyed Kama Deva by his third eye so it represents the demolition of desire and last. In today’s world, crime, corruption, rape all these evil things can be demolished by this third eye. In this earth, we women represent Ma Durga and we have that third eyed power to abolish the negativity and corruption.
I pray to Durga MA, to make this world a better place to live.
Happy Puja to All!!
Keep a close watch on my Instagram Feed, I will come up with some fabulous pujo special OOTDs.
Saree: Local Shop
Black Dress: Abof
Neckpiece: Precious You
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40 thoughts on “Mahalaya – Starting of Devi Paksha!”
Good post. In one word, Durga Puja for all bengalis means fun. It is a wonderful time of the year with the weather being pleasant and atmosphere filled with love and affection. We all love to meet our friends and have prolonged adda session with them. It is fun all the way for the next few days.
Thanks for sharing this post, have a great week ahead. 🙂
Oh, I found a lot of information on the day. In fact, I was wondering why it’s been declared a holiday & what significant acknowledgement we people have for today.
Apart from being an important day from the Pitra Paksha month, I really didn’t know much about Mahalaya Amavasya.
It’s wonderful to know each other’s culture & tradition, Sayeri.
Loved your style of draping the saree & you look pretty, I must say.
Hey Ashvini, thanks a lot dear… 🙂
Durga puja is the
Durga puja is the best time to worship maa durga. Enjoy colorful pandals, amazing food and spend time with family
ya it is 🙂
i absolutely love this look! a kurti style long upper, paired with a saree is the ultimate comfort one could get. loved the look!
🙂 thank you
Durga Puja is my favourite festival 💫💫 love the vibe and feel of it 🌟🌟
Happy Puja to u too. Came to know in depth about this. Btw my in laws are from kolkata, so hope one time I witness this.
oh! is it? Great then. Visit kolkata once during Puja
This was such an interesting & informative post. I, got to know the reason why this is celebrated & the emotions behind it!
Shubh Mahalaya. N you are looking lovely. I loved this idea of drape.
Subho Mahalaya to you too..:)
Happy Durga Puja, I didn’t know the importance of the first day of Navratri but from your post now its all clear. Thanks for sharing and yes you are looking Iovely in this look
Happy Puja dear
OMG you look so stunning… loved the idea of drape and festive look always inspires
🙂 🙂 thanks a lot dear
Wow you look amazing
I love the information shared about the festival.
first, happy navratri and great post describing maa durga avtar ,reason of special days. I love your neck pieces . It look so unique and beautiful
Good to read about this special day Sayeri. I did not know anything from your culture though my brother in law is originally from Kolkata but he and my didi have settled in America. You look really pretty. I love this unique Saree draping style too.
Glad you shared about this day, I wasn’t aware of the Bengali culture. And Usual your style is too good. love how you have draped the sari, so neat
You just spread the durga pooja vibe with the blog. I use to visit pandal but not aware much about the way of celebration. I just loved the neck piece.
I loved this look. Kurta paired with saree and a huge bindi. I love bindi drama. Also the post is very informative.
Amazing and beautiful post. Looking so pretty and classy in the festive look. The look of the saree is so stunning. Great thoughts.
Love the detailing and design of your neckpiece going perfectly with your outfit. Looks like a must try this festive season
That’s such an interesting and informative post! Durga Pooja is my favourite time of the yearrr..,
I’ve never seen a sari draped like this. Love the look!
Kurta and saree together came out really stunning. Love how you described the days of puja along with OOTD.
Wow that’s beautiful share, lovely knowing more about the Pooja ..loved the outfit
Wishing you a very happy Durga Puja. I loved your style of combining dress with a yellow kanjeevaram.
Amazing! I love the way you have created this fusion look Sayeri. So unconventional yet alluring. Loved it. Happy Pujo 🙂
Happy Durga Puja to you dear! The outfit looks stunning. And I love that neck piece.
i love the festive vibe around durga pooja and i am pretty excited this year. going to visit the pandal and pooja.
Durga puja is the time to channel your inner diva out. You are looking so beautiful. I so like the pop of yellow and the neck piece
कोलकाता durga puja is so different I will try to live that 7 days in कोलकाता If get chance to stay there during durga puja
Hey Sayeri, I love the way you wear saree and carry it well. This one is purely traditional yet contemporary.
Virendra Vadra’s ‘Mahishasuramardini’ is the best way to get into the pujo feeling….Ahhh So exited for the pujo this year…
Very nicely written post. So nicely you have spoken about the mythological implications. You look very gorgeous too.
What gorgeous styling! And love what you have written about the Story which I did not know! Great post!