RAJSHAHI People of the Hindu community here today celebrated their Kumari Puja to mark the Moha Astami of the five day Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the community, amid greatest enthusiasm and festive mood.
The religious festival was marked by puja, arati, recitation from scriptures, distribution of proshad, offering devotional songs and bhajans.
A large number of devotees are seen visiting different puja mandaps to have a look at Kumari puja as well as the goddess Durga today.
The Durgotsob is being celebrated in 3,282 puja mondaps in all eight districts under the Rajshahi division in addition to 76 in Rajshahi city.
District administration has distributed over 231.5 tonnes of rice for smooth celebration of the puja in the district this year.
Rajshahi City Corporation donated Taka 10,000 to each of the city's 76 puja mondap for successful celebration of the festival.
Shyamal Kumar Ghosh, Rajshahi city unit general secretary of Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad, told BSS that the Durga Puja is being celebrated in festive mood.
Decorations of temples, lighting, and setting up of mandaps have already turned the city into a festive look, he added.
Mayor of Rajshahi city AHM Khairuzzaman Liton visited some of the city's Puja Mondaps yesterday evening and exchanged his pleasantries with the devotees.
The celebration will end through the immersion of idols of goddess Durga on Bijoya Dashami on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, foolproof security measures were taken in the city and its adjacent areas to avert any untoward incident during the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community.
We have adopted tight security measures to make the Rajshahi city's Durga puja celebration festive and successful, said Humayun Kabir, commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police.
Police administration of all the respective areas have chalked out necessary security measures to make the celebration a success, he added.
Officers in charge of the police stations were asked to keep close contact with the puja committees round the clock.
AKM Hafiz Akter, deputy inspector general of police, said four tier security measures have been adopted everywhere in the division.
Members of law enforcement agencies have already been deployed at all the important points of the city.
He said the leaders of Puja Udjapan Parishad have been urged to set up close circuit cameras in the major puja mondaps.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)