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Durga Puja begins tomorrow with Maha Shasthi


By BSS
Published : 29 Sep 2022 09:46 PM

Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, will begin tomorrow with Maha Shasthi puja at temples across the country amid festivity and religious fervour.

The five-day annual celebration will begin with unveiling of the face of the deity and Kalparambho on the day of Maha Shasthi the day after tomorrow and it will end on October 5 with the immersion of the idols.

The incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga is going to happen today ahead of the puja on the day of Maha Panchami.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will give separate messages on the occasion of the Durga Puja today.

Maha Saptami puja will be performed on October 2, Maha Ashtami on October 3 and Maha Nabami on October 4.

The Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion heralding the advent of goddess Durga, was celebrated on September 25.

Idol makers and artisans have already readied idols for Durga Puja while some others are still passing busiest time in giving the final touches on idols at puja mandaps.

Generally, the idols are made diligently and methodically by the artisans to create exquisite pieces of artistry.

Durga Puja will be celebrated at 32,168 mandaps across the country this year including 241 in the capital, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.

Earlier, the parishad in a press briefing informed that the number of puja mandaps was 32,118 across the country in the previous year.

Parishad's President JL Bhowmik said volunteers will work at every puja mandaps round the clock during the five-day Durga Puja to help the law enforcement agencies to avert any untoward situation.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of puja mandaps decreased slightly in the previous year but this year the number increased.

In the capital Dhaka, the main puja mandaps are at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramkrishna Mission and Math, Kalabagan, Banani, Shakhari Bazar and Ramna Kali Mandir.

In major divisional cities including port city Chattogram, Rajshahi, Khulna and Sylhet and district towns including Faridpur, Dinajpur, Jashore, Kushtia, Satkhira, also witness massive celebration of Durga Puja.

Puja shopping also got momentum in the last week ahead of Puja as major markets and malls were crowded with customers. Many people are still busy in puja shopping on the last days ahead of Puja.

Durga Puja signifies the birth of Durga with the blessings of gods, as a collective energy, to fight the demon king Mahishasura.

Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are being set up in temples and Durga Puja mandaps ahead of the celebration.

These idols will be worshiped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day. The puja is performed in temples, homes and temporary mandaps.

The celebrations also include other major deities of Hinduism such as goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth, prosperity), Saraswati (goddess of knowledge and music), Ganesha (god of good beginnings) and Kartikeya (god of war).

Stringent security measures will be taken across the country during the celebration of Durga Puja to avert any untoward situation.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed said flawless security measures will be ensured during the Sharadiya Durga Puja celebration across the country.

"We have already taken three tiers of security measures at mandaps ahead of Durga Puja and it will continue will the end of the puja," the IGP said.

He said necessary CCTV cameras will be installed at puja pandals and mandaps while handheld metal detectors and archway gates will also be set up.

He said necessary volunteers will be engaged round the clock at puja mandaps while separate entry and exit routes for men and women, adequate lights at puja mandaps and pandals and the places of immersion, standby generator or charger lights will have to be arranged.

The IGP urged all to call the National Emergency Service-999 in case of emergency.