― Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Durga Puja, and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. Mahalaya ushers in the aura of Durga Puja. It's a kind of invocation or invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth – ‘Jago Tumi Jago’. This is done through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs. The midnight chants of various hymns of Mahishasura Mardini remind one of the beginnings of Durga Puja. ∙ The countdown for the [...].