Preparations complete to hold Durga Puja in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA Almost all-out preparations have been

completed to hold 5-day long Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of

the Hindu Community, from Monday in the district with due religious fervor,

gaiety and solemnity.

President of District Puja Celebration Parishad Ranajit Bakhshi Surjwa

said a total of 607 Puja mandaps have been erected in all the seven upazilas

in the district this year.

Of the total, some 101 mandaps have been erected in Sadar upazila, 131 in

Sundarganj upazila, 126 in Gobindaganj upazila, 108 in Sadullapur upazila, 61

in Palashbari upazila, 66 in Shaghata upazila, and 14 in Fulchhari upazila of

the district, he also said.

After visiting different Puja mandaps in the district town it was seen

that the artists (Malarkars) were giving last finishing and final touches to

the images of deities to make the idols very attractive and nice looking to

the devotees and the visitors.

Hundreds of Hindu Community people of all ages are rushing to the markets

and purchasing Puja clothes to celebrate their greatest religious festival

from tomorrow with much enthusiasm and religious fervor.

The whole district has taken a festive look and the devotees are getting

ready to welcome the upcoming event with great enthusiasm. The festival will

conclude on October 08 through the immersion of the idols after celebrating

the Bijoy Dashami.

Initiative has also been taken to provide uninterrupted power supply to the

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

prayers, archana, kirtons, arati and other religious rituals, said an

engineer of power development board.

Superintendent of police (SP) Muhammad Towhidul Islam said full-proof

security measures have been taken in and around of all the Puja mandaps of

the district by the law enforcing agencies to ensure a peaceful atmosphere

for holding the Puja festival smoothly.

Police, Ansar and VDP members including gram police would be deployed at

the Puja mandaps each and the elite forces RAB would also patrol on the road

to hold the Puja here smoothly, the SP also said.

Stern and lawful action would be taken against the persons who would be

involved in creating anarchy and trouble at the time of Puja, the SP warned.

Talking to the BSS acting deputy commissioner (DC) Rokhsana Begum said

several vigilance teams headed by additional deputy commissioners and UNOs

had also been formed to help the community celebrate the festival in a

befitting manner.

Control room has been opened at the office of the deputy commissioner here

side by side with seven upazila headquarters each to watch the law and order

situation in all the Puja mandaps, the acting DC also said.

The government had allocated 303.50 tonnes of rice for the Puja mandaps to

help assist the Hindu Community to celebrate the Durga Puja with festive

mood, the acting DC added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)