Mahalaya marks the beginning of the Durga puja festivities in West Bengal. The six day countdown to the festivities and celebration have begun.
According to legend, the goddess Durga starts her journey from her heavenly abode in Mount Kailash to the earth today.
For Bengalis, the tradition is to get up at 4 am in the morning and listen to Mahalaya recital. The 6 days celebration will culminate in Mahashashti on Sunday.