Devotees in their tearful eyes bade farewell to the mother deity and her children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh through the immersion of their idols in the water wishing Durga’s return next year.
Our Rajshahi correspondent said the five-day puja festival ended here with immersion of the goddess Durga in the Padma River.
The last day rituals of the festival were celebrated amid much enthusiasm and festivity. ‘Prasad’ and sweets were distributed among the devotees and the people belonging to other communities, who visited the Puja Mandops.
Marking the Bijoya Dashami women devotees applied ‘Sindur’ on the face of goddess Durga and exchanged among themselves amid joyous and festive mood.
Before removing the idols of Durga and other gods and goddesses from the altar of all mandops or makeshift pavilions for immersion, the Hindu devotees danced and sang `kirton’.
Thousands of devotees joined the colorful marches as the idols were being carried to the nearby rivers particularly the river Padma, ponds, canals and other water bodies for immersion.
In Rangpur, the district unit of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad (BPUP) and mandop authorities brought out the ‘Shuvo Bijoya Dashami’ procession this afternoon carrying idols of Devi Durga, other gods and goddesses on trucks for immersions into water bodies.
Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed, Deputy Inspector General of Police Khondker Golam Faruk and Hindu community leaders addressed a ceremony held at ‘Shurovi Uddyan’ premises in the city before launching the procession from there, reports BSS.
High government officials, leaders of Awami League, its associate bodies and district unit of BPUP along with thousands of the Hindu devotees of all ages took part in the procession.
The female devotees today thronged the Puja mandops to have last look at goddess Durga this year and seek her blessings for the nation, people and the humankind by putting ‘sindur’ on face of the Mother and exchanging the same among themselves.
The law enforcers, who were on duty day and night over the last five days, were seen guarding today’s ‘Shuvo Bijoya Dashami’ procession for immersion of Devi Durga and other idols since the afternoon.
President of district unit of BPUP Advocate Rothish Chandra Bhowmick thanked the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the local administrations for ensuring security during celebration of Durga Puja festivity.
In Chittagong, idols of Goddess Durga are immersed peacefully in the city and district today after five-day colorful and joyous Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Hindu community.
In city’s Patenga and Khalurghat sea beach areas immersion were held in the afternoon with presence of a large number of people of the community of all ages.
They uttered ‘Shuva Bijoya’ and exchanged greetings with one another.
This year as many as 251 puja mandaps were erected in the city and 1,692 in 14 upazilas of the district, police said.
The day ended with the immersion of goddess in Thakurgaon, Bhola, Shariatpur, Comilla, Madaripur and all other districts in the country.