After observing Ganesh Chaturthi and Shradh, people are waiting for the start the Durga Puja along with Mahalaya that is to be observed tomorrow. According to News Nation, Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava, is observed on five days starting from Shahsti, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Vijaydashmi being the last day, News Nation reported. As per the report, Ma Durga arrives on the first day of Devi Paksha, which falls on the next day of Mahalaya Amavasya. The goddess departs on the Dashmi, also known as Durga Visarjan Day. Days when she arrives and departs are considered good omen. The festival of Mahalaya, which marks the beginning of Devi-Paksha and end of the Pitra-Paksha is considered as an auspicious day for Bengalis. The festival is observed seven days before the Durga Puja.
On the day of Mahalaya, devotees remember their ancestors and offer tarpan in their memory. As per News Nation, the Tarpan is offered on the banks of river Ganga and starts from dawn. The offering has to be made on empty stomach and after completion of the ritual, people must have food in the same place. It is believed that after his death when Karna went to the heaven, his soul was offered jewellery. Surprised Karna asked Lord Indra the reason behind being served jewellery as food. Lord Indra replied by saying that since he always donated jewellery to his ancestors and never food, this treatment was being meted out to him, said oneindia.com report.
You may also like to watch this video
After Karna told the god that he never knew about them, Indra gave him a chance to amend his mistake. Following this Karna returned to earth for sixteen days to offer food to his ancestors before returning back to heaven. These sixteen days are known as Pitra Paksha. Goddess Durga starts this journey to earth on the day of Mahalaya, said durgautsov.com.