Durga Puja ends peacefully in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA A 5-day long Sharodiya Durga Puja, the

greatest religious festival of the Hindu Community, ended in all the seven

upazilas in the district on Tuesday peacefully through the immersion of

deities at different water bodies.

According to Hindu belief, this year Goddess Durga along with her children

made her return journey in Horse for Kailash, her husband's abode, on

Dashami, last day of the 5-day long Durga Puja.

Earlier, the Goddess Durga appeared on the mortal world from the heaven

riding on a horse and her arrival is the cause of all happiness and affluence

and also the symbol of the destruction of evil powers.

On the Dashami day, members of Hindu Community exchanged greetings with

each other saying 'Shuvo Bijoya.

Later, hundreds of Hindu devotees bid a tearful farewell to the deity,

which is called 'Visarjan'.

Before removing the idols of Mother Durga and others gods and goddess from

the altars for immersion the Hindu devotees irrespective of ages and danced

and sang kirton expressing their deep emotional pathos.

They offered arati to the Devi Durga with billowing smokes from the Dhup

pots seeking her divine blessing for them. Then, the idols of Goddess Durga

were brought out from all the Puja mandaps of the district at evening.

Thousands of devotees joined the colorful marches in long procession with

music and dance as the idols were being carried on the trucks or shoulders to

the nearby rivers, ponds, canals, and other water bodies for immersion.

Foolproof security measures had been taken by the law enforcing agencies

including Ansar, Police and RAB to avert any sort of unpleasant incident

during the immersion, said superintendent of police (SP) Muhammad Towhidul

Islam.

A total of 609 Puja mandaps were set up in all the seven upazilas of the

district this year and a large number of law enforcers were deployed in and

around the Puja mandaps to maintain the law and order situation, said deputy

commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin.

The government also distributed a total of 304.50 tonnes of rice to the

Puja mandaps of the district to help the Hindu community celebrate the

festival properly, the DC also said.

Initiatives were also taken to provide uninterrupted power supply to the

Puja mandaps at nights to enable the Hindu devotees in offering their

prayers, puja, archana, kirtons, arati and other religious rituals, the DC

added.

Deputy speaker of the Jatiya Sangshad Advocate Fazley Rabbi Miah, whip

Mahabub Ara Begum Gini, Engineer Monowar Hossain Chowdhury, MP, and Barrister

Shamim Haider Patwary, MP, visited the Puja mandaps here separately during

the Puja period and exchanged their greetings to the devotees and the

committee of the Puja mandaps on the festival.

Ranajit Bakshi Surja, president of Bangladesh Puja Celebration Parishad,

district unit and its general secretary Dipok Kumar Pal thanked the

government for taking the necessary measures for holding the Durga Puja in

the district in a peaceful way and in a befitting manner.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)