The five-day-long Hindu festival of Durga Puja will come to an end today through the celebration of Bijaya Dashami, in which the main ritual is the immersion of Durga idols in rivers.
Devotees will bring out Bijaya Dashami processions carrying idols of the deity Durga and her children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesha, and carry them to the riverbanks in the evening.
In the capital city processions will be brought out from the Dhakeshwari Temple at 3pm today and end at Waisghat in old town after parading through different city streets. Thousands of men, women and children are likely to join the traditional immersion rally.
Hindus believe Dashami is the day when Goddess Durga, accompanied by her children, leave earth and start for Kailash, her husband’s abode.
Meanwhile, across the country on Sunday thousands gathered at the different puja mandaps to celebrate the Mahanabami puja. At puja mandaps Nabami Bhog comprising food and fruits were offered to Devi Durga and later were distributed among the devotees.
In the city prominent puja mandaps like Dhakeshwari Temple, Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University, Ramna Kali Mandir, Siddheswari Kali Mandir, and in the temples of Tanti Bazar, Shankhari Bazar and Bangla Bazar were crowded with devotees from walks of life.
Makeshift fairs were also held around the city along with voluntary blood donation, distribution of Prasad and Anjali offerings.