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Mahalaya – Starting of Devi Paksha!

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.

Durga Pujo Fashion by Sayeri

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.

Mahalaya OOTD

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.

Mahalaya Special OOTD

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?

Sayeridiary - Mahalaya OOTD

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.

Sayeridiary - Kolkata Blogger

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.

Fashion Blogger Kolkata - Mahalaya OOTD

Happy Puja to All!!

Keep a close watch on my Instagram Feed, I will come up with some fabulous pujo special OOTDs.

Outfit Details:

Saree: Local Shop

Black Dress: Abof

Neckpiece: Precious You

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40 thoughts on “Mahalaya – Starting of Devi Paksha!

  1. Hi Sayeri,

    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. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Very nicely written post. So nicely you have spoken about the mythological implications. You look very gorgeous too.

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