Mahalaya heralds the beginning of Devi Paksha. Starting on the sixth day, Durga Puja, the most famous festival for Bengalis, is celebrated with full fanfare.
Culturally, Mahalaya is synonymous to the 90-minute Mahishasura Mardini invocation of Maa Durga, recited by Birendra Krishna Bhadra, with the irreplaceable voice. The programme, which is in its eighth decade on All India Radio, recounts the creation of Goddess Durga, killing of Mahishasura and the celebrations that followed thereafter through Sanskrit chants and Bengali songs.
Leeds Durga Puja and Diwali Association re-create the same invocation of Maa Durga in much grandeur for the second time. Don't miss this opportunity to witness and participate in the celebration of Welcoming Maa Durga !!