Mahalaya: A unique anamnesis of the forefathers

Mahalaya also marks the beginning of Devi Paksha, and the beginning of Durga Puja which is celebrated with great pompous and gaiety among the people of Odisha.

Mahalaya marks the end of 16 days long observation of Pitru Paksha

Thousands of devotees thronged temples to offer ‘shradha’ (homage) to their forefathers on the occasion of Mahalaya today. The pilgrim town of Puri is also agog with activities as people in large numbers gathered near the northern gate of Jagannath temple to offer ‘tila tarpan’ and ‘pind daan’ to their forefathers.

The auspicious occasion of Mahalaya marks the end of a 16 days long observation of Pitru Paksha, otherwise known as Shradh. People belonging to Hindu religion mark this occasion by remembering their ancestors, and offering puja, water, and food items for getting rid of their karmic debts.