Here is wishing Shubho Mahalaya to all my friends! Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before Durga Puja and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It is a kind of invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth - "Jago Tumi Jago"! This is done traditionally through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs.
Unable to tolerate the tyranny of the demon king Mahisasura, the gods plead with Vishnu to annihilate the demon. The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Shiva) come together to create a powerful female form with ten arms - Goddess Durga or 'Mahamaya', the Mother of the Universe who embodies the primeval source of all power. The gods then bestow upon this Supreme creation their individual blessings and weapons. Armed like a warrior, the goddess rides a lion to battle with the Mahisasura. After a fierce combat the 'Durgatinashini' is able to slay the 'Asura' king with her trident. Heaven and earth rejoice at her victory, which forms the base for celebrating "Durga Puja" festival.
|| Ya devi sarbabhuteshshu, sakti rupena sanksthita Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namasteshwai namo namaha ||