Mahalaya (October 15, 2012) is an auspicious occasion observed 7 days before the Durga Puja, when the mother goddess is invoked through the chanting of mantras and singing of devotional songs.
Since the early 1930s, Mahalaya has come to associate itself with an early morning radio program called "Mahisasura Mardini" or "The Annihilation of the Demon." This All India Radio (AIR) program is a beautiful audio montage of recitation from the scriptural verses of "Chandi Kavya", Bengali devotional songs, classical music and a dash of acoustic melodrama. The program has also been translated into Hindi set to similar orchestration and is broadcast at the same time for a pan-Indian audience.
Learn about the significance of Mahalaya and listen to audio recordings of the "Mahisasura Mardini" radio drama. Read more...
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