While the devotees celebrated Mahalaya in different Hindu temples, puja committees worked relentlessly, so that everything went on smoothly
Hindus in different temples in the city are buzzing with excitement as sculptors give last-minute touches to idols of Durga in preparation for the five-day Sharodiya Utsab.
While the devotees celebrated Mahalaya in different Hindu temples, puja committees worked relentlessly, so that everything went on smoothly.
Mahalaya, considered as a ceremonial invocation of goddess Durga, is observed for seven days before the initiation of the Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Hindu community.
Hindus believe the earth prepares itself, and welcomes the advent of the goddess Durga, and her children.
Kiriti Mitra, an engineer from Dhanmondi visited Shree Shree Siddheswari Kalimandir to celebrate Mahalaya.
He told Dhaka Tribune, Durga Puja is a festival which embraces people from all religion in this country.
“Durga came to earth to defeat the demon Mahishasura, as he could not be killed by any man. In a nutshell, Durga Puja evokes the rise of good spirit, and fall of the evil,” he said.
He added saying that this festival is a blessing for humankind as it wards off everything that's evil.
Rana Dasgupta, vice president of Shree Shree Siddheswari Kalimandir puja committee, told Dhaka Tribune, around 20 thousand people have been coming to this temple for celebrating Durga Puja in the last few years.
Dhakeshwari Temple in the city was crowded with Hindu devotees after sunrise to pay homage to the advent of goddess Durga.
Advocate Kishore Ranjan Mondal, general secretary of Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee, told Dhaka Tribune they are satisfied with the security provided by the government.
“Though a few incidents happened before, but we are satisfied with the security we have this year,” he said.
Anjan Roy, a visitor from Chattagram did not have any plans to celebrate Mahalaya outside his city. However, he had to celebrate the Mahalaya here in Dhaka for his daughter’s university admission tests.
“There is not much difference between Durga Puja in Dhaka, and Durga Puja in Chattagram. We embrace people from all religion in both cities,” he said.