Durga Puja preparations going on full swing in Khulna

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KHULNA, Sept 11, 2019 (BSS) – All sorts of preparations for peaceful celebration of Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Bengali Hindu community, is progressing fast here.

The celebration of five-day ‘Sharodiya Durga Utsab’ will begin on October 4 and conclude on October 8 through the immersion of idols in the rivers.

Roundabout 350 artists and idol-makers locally known as pauls are passing busy time for making idols of the Goddess Durga.

General Secretary of City Unit of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parisad Prashanta Kumar Kundu told BSS today that a total of 129 Puja Mandaps would be set up in the metropolitan area while 845 Mandaps in all nine upazilas of the district.

While visiting the largest Sheetala Bari Puja Mandap at Dolkhola area in the city this reporter found that artisans spending busy time painting the images of deities to make the idols look more attractive to the devotees and the visitors.

Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and Khulna District Police authorities have already taken adequate security measures for smooth celebration of Durga Puja.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of KMP Moniruzzaman Mithu told BSS that they have taken measures for ensuring tight security, uninterrupted supply of electricity to all Puja Mandaps and smooth traffic management for peaceful celebration of Puja at that time.

“We have started collection of information about Puja Mandaps from our eight police stations in the city. We will informed about our preparations through meetings with different stakeholders including leaders of Puja Udjapon Parishad at the KMP headquarters very soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Khulna District S M Shafiullah said that full-proof security measures will be taken at each of the temple of the district from next week.

A team of police along with Ansar members would be deployed to all the Puja Mandaps during the festival, he added.

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