Mahalaya

  • Durga Puja: Religious fest, sponsored programme or reality show? October 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Once upon a time pujas meant an innocent celebration of joy and fun. New clothes. New movies. Eating out. Freaking out with friends and relatives for non-stop 'add'. " It was the one time in the year that you actually got to see, up close, the most breathtakingly...
  • Mahalaya: Durga puja festivities set to begin in Bengal October 15, 2012

    Mahalaya marks the beginning of the Durga puja festivities in West Bengal. The six day countdown to the festivities and celebration have begun. According to legend, the goddess Durga starts her journey from her heavenly abode in Mount Kailash to the earth today. For Bengalis, the tradition is to get up at...
  • Kolkata gears up for Durga Puja September 27, 2011

    Kolkata: It is Mahalaya on Tuesday, the day that formally marks the beginning of the Durga Puja. It is that time of the year again when the Durga Puja fever grips Kolkata for days. A community of more than 400 artisans in Kumartuli has been giving final touches to the...
  • It's Mahalaya: countdown to Durga Puja begins September 22, 2011

    Devotees gear up for the festive season, as Mahalaya heralds the beginning of Durga Puja. ...
  • Watch: Kolkata celebrates Mahalaya in full fervour September 18, 2009

    For a true-blue Bengali, the auspicious day of Mahalaya means the official beginning of Durga Puja. This day is all about taking a holy dip in the holy Ganga and tuning up that old radio set. ...
  • As Durga marches in, radio greets her with prayers October 10, 2007

    Kolkata: As Birendra Krishna Bhadra started reciting shlokas welcoming Devi Durga early morning on Wednesday, thousands of people tuned in to All India Air (AIR) for a 77-year-old tradition. Mahalaya marks the beginning of goddess Durga's journey from Mt Kailash, and since 1930 AIR has broadcast Chandi Paths each festival. Bhadra...
  • Delhi gears up for Durga puja September 29, 2006

    New Delhi: The Capital is also gearing up for the festive season and is ready to display it’s cultural diversity. In Delhi's Chitranjan Park, a largely Bengali colony, bells echoed and the Goddess was welcomed with servings of milk but the nostalgia was obvious. “Calcutta has the river Ganga, so people...
  • Maa Durga's journey begins September 29, 2006

    Kolkata: There may not be too many Garba players in West Bengal but that’s because Navratras here are replaced by Durga Puja. The festival began formally on Friday. According to the Hindu mythology, this day known as Mahalaya marks the day when goddess Durga starts her journey on the earth...