Durga Puja begins

Agencies | Published: 11:41, Oct 04,2019 | Updated: 00:22, Oct 05,2019


Devotees offer prayers to the goddess Durga at Ramna puja mandap in Dhaka on Friday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, began on Friday with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga at temples across the country, reports UNB.

The Mahasaptami puja will be held on Saturday while Mahashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on Sunday, Mahanabami puja on Monday.

The five-day festival will come to an end with the immersion of idols of goddess Durga in rivers and other water bodies across the country on Tuesday.

During the puja days, recitation of the verses from the Holy Chandi and blowing of conch shells (Shankha) and beating of drums will be heard from temples and pandals in the city and elsewhere throughout the day.

Adequate security measures have been taken for smooth celebrations of the festival. Additional members of police, Ansar, Rapid Action Battalion and other law enforcement agencies have been deployed in puja mandaps to ensure a full-proof security.

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reports, a total 31,398 puja mandaps have been set up throughout the country.

President M Abdul Hamid urged the people to utilise the spirit of Durga Puja in personal and social life to take forward the heritage and culture with the country’s overall advancement.

He said this while exchanging views with the Hindu community at Banani Puja Mandap in Dhaka on Friday.

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