CHATTOGRAM The Hindu community today observed Maha Ashtami through performing the day's main attraction Kumari Puja in the port city as elsewhere in the district.
The Kumari Puja started at Shantoneshori Matri Mondir of Patharghata under the city's Kotwali thana.
The Goddess Durga is worshipped in various forms during the five day Sharodiya Durgotsab and one of those is worshiping Kumari as an epitome of virginity.
Several thousand Hindu devotees assembled at the city's lone Kumari Puja venue to welcome and worship goddess Kumari at the podium.
Eight years old Seriochi Biswas Tatoi, a class two student of city's Saint Jocefs school, was worshipped as Kumari.
Devotees of all ages offered flowers at the feet of the Kumari, adored the girl with gold, silver and clothes, as part of their rites seeking blessings from the Goddess.
The organisers also arranged cultural programmes on the occasion and later, Mohaprasad (sweets) along with anjali (flowers) was distributed among the devotees present there.
All puja mandaps are given decorative looks with colourful designs and lights while additional law enforcers have been deployed in all the temples in the city to maintain law and order situation during the festival.
Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP), district police and Puja committee source said, there was no report of any untoward incidents centering the Durga puja celebrations.
CMP sources said a five to seven member team of law enforcers
has been deployed at each Puja Mandaps and adequate numbers of law enforcer including, Armed Police Battalions members have already been deployed at all necessary points particularly at Hindhu community residing area to maintain law and order.
Besides, plainclothes police men, members of the different intelligent agencies including RAB personnel are also being kept vigil in the area.
Besides, district and Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) have
already opened separate control rooms at their respective headquarters to monitor the situation of 2144 puja Mondops in the district including 270 puja Mondops in the port city.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)