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Durga Puja preparations in full swing

  • Published at 02:20 am September 27th, 2019
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Durga idol at Jagannath Mandir in Sadar upazila, Barisal Dhaka Tribune

High price of raw materials used for making the idols, coupled with an increase in other costs,   affected preparations for the five-day 'Sharodiya  Durga   Puja" in the district, said Rakhal Chandra, unit president of the parishad

Preparations for the five-day celebration of Sharodiya Durga Utsab, the main religious festival of the Bangalee Hindus, is going on in full swing across the country.

In Barisal, the festival will start at more than 600 puja mandaps in the city, and other parts of the district.

More than 41 puja-mandaps has been set up in the city, and 78 in other parts of Sadar upazila, informed Manik Mukharjee Kudu, secretary of the district Puja Udjapon Parishad.

High price of raw materials used for making the idols, coupled with an increase in other costs,   affected preparations for the five-day 'Sharodiya  Durga   Puja" in the district, said Rakhal Chandra, unit president of the parishad.

SM Ajiar Rahman, deputy commissioner Barisal, said administration will allot special financial grants for puja mandaps, while special security, undisrupted electricity, and water supply, traffic control arrangements would be made for the convenience of worshipers, and visitors during the festival.

In Thakurgaon, the festival will start at more than 459 puja mandaps in the town, and other parts of the district.

Artisan Subash Haolader in Ranishoikal upazila said they are working full swing, fighting against natural disadvantages including rain, and storm.

Thakurgaon Puja Udjapon Committee General Secretary Tapan Kumar said: " We have taken all kinds of steps to ensure security during the celebration of the festival."

Superintendent of Police Md Moniruzzaman said police will be deployed at every puja mandap.

In Netrakona, district Puja Udjapan Parishad (DPUP) office sources said, all preparations for the smooth holding of Sharodiya Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bengali Hindus, is progressing fast.

Meanwhile, the idol-makers, and artists are passing a busy time making idols of Goddess Durga, and painting images of the deities.

Vice president of the DPUP, and member of the Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad central committee, Keshob Ranjan Sarker said, a total of 510 puja mandaps would be erected in ten upazilas of the district while 54 puja mandaps would be set up in, and around the Netrokona district town this year.

Netrokona district administration, and district police authorities have already taken all preparations for ensuring fool-proof security measures to celebrate the Durga Puja smoothly, and peacefully.

Superintendent of Police of the district Akber Ali Munshi said, Netrokona police administration has already taken all round preparations to ensure tight security measures in, and around all the puja mandaps of the district for peaceful celebration of the festival.

In Rajshahi, people of the community are passing their busiest days with the works of decorating, and painting idols and puja mandaps ahead of their festival.

Idol makers commonly known as Pals are passing busy days of applying the final touch on idols of Hindu deities.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) will extend Tk 10,000 to each of the Puja mandaps in the city, and aims at making the forthcoming puja celebration ‘the puja’.

City Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton revealed this while addressing a meeting to mark the ensuing Sharodiya Durga Puja-2019 at the city bhaban conference hall here yesterday evening as chief guest.

He also announced that the city bhaban, and the important crossings of the city will be eliminated on the occasion.

Besides, closed-circuit camera will be added to all the immersion points side by side with full-proof security.

In Gaibandha, of the total, some 101 mandaps would be erected in Sadar upazila, 131 in Sundarganj upazila, 126 in Gobindaganj upazila, 108 in Sadullapur upazila, 61 in Palashbari upazila, 66 in Shaghata upazila, and 14 in Fulchhari upazila of the district, said district administration sources.

Our correspondents Anisur Rahman Sawpan , Barisal, Zakir Mostafiz Milu, Thakirgaon,  Haniful Akash, Netrakona,  Dulal Abdullah, Rajshahi, and Tajul Islam Reza , Gaibandha contributed this story