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Smriti Irani Shares Snippet of 'Chandi Path' to Wish Fans on Mahalaya

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Last Updated: October 06, 2021, 17:44 IST

Irani shared a short snippet of the legendary Mahishasur Mardini, also known as the Chandi path. (Credits: Instagram)

Irani shared a short snippet of the legendary Mahishasur Mardini, also known as the Chandi path. (Credits: Instagram)

Irani shared a short snippet of the legendary Mahishasur Mardini narrated by Birendra Krishna Bhadra on her Instagram post. “Shubho Mahalaya,” the Union Minister wrote in the caption of the clip.

Mahalaya is being observed today and Union Minister Smriti Irani took to Instagram to extend greetings to her fans and followers with a beautiful post. Mahalaya marks the end of Pitru Paksha, and the beginning of Devi Paksha. In Bengal, Mahalaya begins the countdown of Durga Pujas. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Durga starts her journey with her children — Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartik — from Mount Kailash to Earth, which is said to be her paternal home. On Maha Shashti, which is the sixth day of Navratri festival, it is said that Goddess Durga reached Earth with her children.

Irani shared a short snippet of the legendary Mahishasur Mardini, also known as the Chandi path, narrated in the timeless voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra on her Instagram post. “Shubho Mahalaya,” the Union Minister wrote in the caption of the clip, which has already gone viral on social media. Among the various comments by her fans and followers, one was from TV actress Mouni Roy who wrote, “Shubho Mahalaya.”

In every Bengali household, Mahalaya begins early in the morning at around 4 am. They tune into radio to listen to the broadcast of Mahishasur Mardini. The one-and-a-half-hour-long programme can be heard on Indraprasth, FM Gold, and AIR Live News24x7 YouTube channel. After listening to the Chandipath, food items such as rice, dal, vegetables, and kheer are also offered at puja mandaps.

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The nine-day-long festival of Navratri is slated to commence from October 7. This year, the Maha Shashthi is being observed on October 11, and the Durga Puja will conclude on October 15 with Vijay Dashami. Shashthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Vijaya Dashamiare the five days of Durga Puja.

During Navratri, devotees worship the nine avatars of Goddess Durga. Each day is dedicated to one avatar:

Day 1 – Ghatasthapana, Shailaputri Puja

Day 2 – Brahmacharini Puja

Day 3 – Chandraghanta Puja

Day 4 – Kushmanda Puja

Day 5 – Upang Lalita Vrat or Skandamata Puja

Day 6 – Katyayani Puja

Day 7 – Maha Saptami or Kalaratri Puja

Day 8 – Durgashtami, or Mahashtami, Kumari Puja, Mahagauri Puja

Day 9 – Maha Navami, which is also known as Navami Homa or Siddhidatri Puja in some parts of the country.

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first published:October 06, 2021, 17:44 IST
last updated:October 06, 2021, 17:44 IST