Odisha CM Naveen Extends Greetings On ‘Mahalaya’

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended his greetings and best wishes to the state’s people on the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya.

In his message, the CM wrote; “My heartiest wishes and best wishes to the people of the state on the occasion of the holy Mahalaya. May Ma Durga bless everyone with happiness, peace and prosperity.”

Mahalaya, which marks one of the phases of ‘Pitru Paksha’, is also known as ‘Mahalaya Amavasya’ as it falls on a no moon day.

On this day, ‘Tarpan’ or ‘Shraddha’ is offered to ancestors to free them from earthly bondage.

Hindus believe that offering ‘Shraddha’ during ‘Pitru Paksha’ is the only way of ensuring that the soul of ancestors goes to heaven and attain ‘moksha’.

People start observing the ‘Pitru Paksha’ 14 days from Mahalaya. During the 14-day period, the souls of ancestors come to the living realm from ‘Pitru Loka’. Legend has it that Lord Rama invoked Maa Durga on this day, just before his quest to Lanka to rescue Maa Sita.

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