Durga Puja begins today

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:00, Oct 15,2018 | Updated: 00:09, Oct 15,2018

 
 

An artist gives his final touch to an idol of Goddess Durga at Zamindar Bari mandap at Bangla Bazar in Dhaka on Sunday as the largest festival of the Hindus begins today. — Indrajit Kumer Ghosh

Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, will begin today with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the goddess Durga on the day of Maha Sashthi at temples across the country amid stringent security.
On the occasion, preparations in all the Puja pandals have nearly been completed as devotees and artisans are busy giving final touches on idols and pandals across the country marking the festival.
The five-day festival starts with Bodhon of the goddess Durga tomorrow while the celebration will come to an end with the immersion of the idols of the goddess Durga in the nearby rivers and water bodies across the country on October 19.
To mark the Shashthi today, recitation of the verses from the Chandi and blowing of conch shells (Shankha) and beating of dhak- dhols (drums) will be heard in temples and pandals throughout the day. The Shashthi puja will begin through Kalparombha at 6:30am.
Maha Saptami puja will be held on Tuesday, Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on Wednesday, Maha Nabami Puja on Thursday and Bijoya Dashami on Friday.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad general secretary Nirmal Kumar Chattarjee said as many as 31,272 permanent and temporary mandaps had been erected in the country, including 234 in the capital city this year.
In Dhaka city, the largest number of crowd of devotees will be seen at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramkrishna Mission and Math, Kalabagan, Banani, Shakhari Bazar and Dhaka University Jagannath Hall puja mandaps.
Security has been beefed up in all Puja pandals throughout the country, including the capital, with the deployment of additional squads of Ansars, police, RAB and other law enforcers for peaceful celebration of the festival. Besides, voluntary groups will also perform duties at the puja pandals.
‘Law enforcers including police, RAB and Ansars will remain deployed for five days from the first day at all Puja mandaps across the country until the immersion on October 19,’ home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said earlier.
Social networking sites would also be put under surveillance so that no group could spread rumour to destroy communal harmony ahead of the Durga Puja, the minister added.
All Puja committees have installed close circuit cameras and metal detectors at their mandaps.
Preparations have also been completed in the tastefully decorated Puja pandals at Ramkrishna Mission and Math, Ramna Kalimandir O Anandamayee Ashram, Kalabagan, Baradeshwari Kalimata Mandir, Siddheshwari Kalibari, Bholanath Mandir Ashram, Jagannath Hall, Rishipara Gautam Ashram, Gulshan Banani Sarbojonin Puja Parishad, Basabo Balurmath, Bonogram, South Maishundi, Shankhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar, Panitola, Farashganj, North Brook Hall Road, Lalbagh and other places in the city.

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