Mahalaya Paksha Begins
Mahalaya Paksha Begins 2023, Sep 29 - Sep 29
The end of Pitru Paksha and the beginning of Matri Paksha is named as Mahalaya. Most years, the autumnal equinox falls within this period, i.e. the Sun transitions from the northern to the southern hemisphere during this period. Mahalaya also announces Goddess Durga's arrival on Earth.