Today is Mahalaya which is the first day of the 10 days festival of Devi Navaratri in India. The tenth day is celebrated as Dushera. The day is also known as Vijaya Dashami. The day has special significance in Hinduism as it marks the victory of Good or Divine power over evil forces. It wasMother Goddess who faught and rescued people on earth from the demons. This is one of the major festivals of Hindus. These 10 days and 9 nights [Navaratri] are considered highly auspicious by people who follow Hinduism.

Goddess Durga is considered to be the Mother of this Universe and she represents the limitless power of the Woman as a Mother. These 10 days are dedicated to worship the divine mother. It is celebrated in a very grand manner in West Bengal and all over India.

Mahalaya is the beginning of this auspicious festival. The auspicious day of Mahalaya starts with early morning chants offered to invoke the blessings of Mother Goddess. This day has special significance in the life of the people of Bengal. The early morning chants on the day of Mahalaya are hymns known as Mahishasur Mardini which describes the power of Goddess who becomes the supreme power and destroys evil whenever evil trieS to harm her children.

The day marks the arrival of Mother Goddess on earth. Bengalees all over the World, feel a sense of emotional bonding with this day and with the festival of Durga Puja. The fresh breeze of early morning  on the day of Mahalaya brings along with it the season of festivals. Durga Puja is the biggest and the grandest festivals of Bengalees.

The festival of Mother Goddess also signifies the celebration of the infinite power of Woman. Women when provoked can over-power all the powers of negativity in thi world. When her children are in danger, a mother becomes supremely strong and  gains all the capacity needned to fight against all odds. She has the ability to overcome all obstacles with the power of her mind. Every woman is a mother and deserves to be treated with affection, dignity and honour.

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