The Hindu community of the country has celebrated the Mahalaya, the ceremonial invocation of Durga to welcome the advent of the goddess and her children.
This auspicious occasion is observed seven days before the Durga Puja, the largest festival of Hindu community.
Durga Puja will begin on October 15 with different rituals on the day of Maha Shashthi.
Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee has arranged special programmes of Mahalaya at Dhakeshwari Temple in the capital.
On this day, Hindus remember and pay homage to the deceased ancestors by performing a puja, and offering Brahmins clothes, food and sweets in their name.