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In pictures: Durga Puja ends

  • Published at 09:13 pm October 8th, 2019

Devotees thronged to puja mandaps to celebrate Bijoya Dashami, the last day of the festival

The five-day Durga Puja, one of the biggest Hindu festivals, came to an end with the solemn immersion of goddess Durga idols in Dhaka and other districts of Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Devotees thronged to puja mandaps to celebrate Bijoya Dashami, the last day of the festival.

They recited mantras and offered flowers to the goddess (pushpanjali) and prayed for her blessings, reports UNB.

Each of the mandaps across Bangladesh was ornamented with beautiful idols, showcasing the goddess in all her glory.

Bijoya Dashami is a special ceremony for reaffirming peace and good relations among people. On the day, families visit each other and married Hindu women put vermilion on each other's forehead.

This year, the religious festival was celebrated at over 31,000 puja mandaps throughout Bangladesh.

Devotees bid 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.

The five-day festival started on October 4 with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the goddess Durga, marking Sashthi.

Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival also known as Sharadiya (autumnal) Durga Utsab, is the worship of "Shakti" [divine force] embodied in goddess Durga.

It symbolizes the battle between good and evil, where the dark forces eventually succumb to the divine.