‘Mahalaya’- welcoming Maa Durga

First of all, I owe you guys an apology for not writing since two months. But dear angry faced readers, keeping that anger inside look at its good side, i’m back, and back with not a ‘bang’ but a better sound, an unmatched ‘voice’, the voice of Late Mr.Birendra Krisna Bhadra. The ultimate charm behind Mahalaya, the traditional prayer.

“Yaa debi sarbabhuteshu,
shaktirupen sanhaswita..
Namastaswai, namastaswai ..namastaswai,
namoh namah”

[English- Goddess Durga , you are omnipresent, you are the ultimate power, I salute you.]

The nostalgia of his enchanting voice, the smell of those old radios which comes out only one day in the whole year, and late risers becoming 4 o’clockers , the win of good over evil – these define Mahalaya.


‘The man behind the unmatched voice’

The six day countdown to Mahasaptami starts from Mahalaya. Goddess Durga comes to earth for only four days but seven days prior to the Pujas, starts the Mahalaya. The enchanting voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra fill up the predawn hours of the day thus marking the beginning of ” devipaksha ” and the beginning of the count-down of Durga Puja.
The chirp of birds along with that unmatched voice presents us a holy environment. A dawn which comes only once a year. Some immortal tunes, some music and an evergreen voice. This is Mahalaya, for me, for us.

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12 thoughts on “‘Mahalaya’- welcoming Maa Durga

  1. Well Mahalaya was something I looked forward to every year…But sadly enough I have lost the enthusiasm to keep up with the Puja frenzy and cheer any more. I sure as hell can’t wake up early tomorrow given the fact I had a hectic day today.
    Nostalgic post.

  2. Anish says:

    Yes Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s voice at 4 am in the morning reminds you that time of the year is here doesn’t it?

    nice post…in sync with the festive mood all around…

  3. you better each time with your expressions. I wish you grow and learn more. This had few negligible mistakes, have messged you.
    It is superb… truely unspoken feeling waiting to be felt.

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