Durga Puja begins amid festivity mood

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Dhaka, September 26: Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, begin on Tuesday with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga at temples across the country.Shashthi Puja marking the beginning of the five-day festival will start by 9:58am at Dhakeshwari National Temple.

Preparations for celebrating the festival in all the pandals have nearly been completed. The five-day festival starts with ‘Bodhon’ of the Goddess Durga marking Sashthi while the festival will come to an end with the emersion of the idols of the Goddess Durga in the nearby rivers and water bodies across the country on October 30.

Centering the festival, devotees and artisans are busy taking last moment preparations and decorating the temples and pandals across the country.

As many as 30,077 mandaps (makeshift temples) including 231 in Dhaka city are set to celebrate the festival, said Tapas Kumar Pal, general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.

A mood of festivities persists among the devotees irrespective of ages marking the festival while adequate security measures had already been taken in the puja pandals across the country.

Draped in new dresses, a large numbers of devotees irrespective of ages will throng the city pandals, particularly at Dhakeshwari National Temple, and offer prayers before the Goddess Durga seeking divine blessings for peace, prosperity and welfare of the country and its people.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate conveying greetings to the members of the country’s Hindu community on this occasion.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said, “Communal harmony is the tradition of Bangladesh and we have to take it forward in a coordinated way. Durga Puja plays an important role in enhancing mutual sympathy and creating unity among the people of the country.”

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “Durga Puja is not only a festival of the Hindu community it has turned into a universal festival. Destruction of evil power and worship of truth and beauty is the main feature of Durga Puja.”