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
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
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)