Durga Puja ends with immersion of idols in Khulna

KHULNA The five-day celebrations of Durga Puja, the

greatest religious festivity of the Hindu community, ended in the city and

nine upazila of the district through immersion of the idols with due

religious fervour, gaiety and solemnity.

The Hindu community celebrated Durga Puja this time amid unprecedented

enthusiasm and festivities through performing religious rituals at record

number of Puja mandaps in the city and district with the participation of

thousands of devotees.

The Khulna city and district unit Puja Udjapon Parishad and mandap

authorities brought out Shuvo Bijoya Dashami processions last night carrying

idols of Devi Durga, other gods and goddesses on trucks and pick-up for

immersions into the rivers.

Earlier, hundreds of female devotees thronged Puja mandaps on the Bijoya

Dashami to have last look at this year's Goddess Durga and seek her blessings

for the nation and mankind by putting 'sindur' (vermilion) and offering

sweets to the Mother.

A record number of Puja mandaps 1,103 were erected this time in the city and

district and the government distributed around 475 tonnes of rice among 550

mandaps authorities and Taka 6.93 lakh among city's 80 mandaps to assist the

Hindu community people in celebrating the festival.

The law enforcers, who were on duty round the clock over the last five days,

were seen guarding yesterday's Shuvo Bijoya Dashami processions for immersion

of Devi Durga and other idols since the afternoon.

Talking to BSS, President and general secretary of city unit Puja Udjapon

Parishad Shyamol Halder and Proshanto Kundu thanked and hailed the concerned

local authorities for ensuring complete security and uninterrupted power

supply during the five-day celebrations of Durga Puja.

They expressed deep gratitude to the present government led by Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina for assisting them in celebrating Durga Puja with due

religious fervour, enthusiasm and festivity.

The religious festival began on October 4 through Bodhan (enlightenment)

and the Hindu community completed celebrations through immersions of the

idols yesterday at all Puja mandaps which were tastefully decorated and

colorfully illuminated everywhere in the city and district.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)