15 Oct 2021, 19:56

Durga Puja ends with immersion of idols in country

DHAKA, Oct 15, 2021 (BSS) - The five-day Durga Puja, the biggest
religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, ended today with the
immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her children in water
bodies across the country amid festivity.

The process of immersion of the idols started around 4pm today
instead of noon due to the Jummah prayers of the Muslim community at
that time.

The five-day Durga Puja began on October 11 with holding Maha Shasthi
puja, Chondipath, incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga and
Adhibas at temples across the country amid festivity and religious
fervor maintaining health guidelines.

The puja was performed in temples, homes and in the public, featuring
temporary stage decorations.

Maha Nabami Puja was celebrated yesterday across the country.

Maha Nabami is believed to be the day when Durga defeated the evil
Mahishasura and the Nabami rituals begin with a mahasnan and a
Shodashopachar puja.

Representative of different political and social organizations as well
as cabinet members and members of parliament visited different
Puja Mandops in the city yesterday.

Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges
Minister Obaidul Quader visited the Ramkrishna Math Puja Mandop while
State Minister for Religious Affairs Faridul Haque Khan visited the
Dhakeshwari National Temple during the five-day Durga Puja festival.

This year festival was celebrated
at 32,118 puja mandaps across the country while the puja was
celebrated at 238 puja mandaps in the capital.

Durga Puja is the worship of 'Shakti' or divine power embodied in Devi
Durga symbolizing the battle between good and evil where the evil
forces succumb to the divine forces.

According to the Puranas, after fighting with Mahisasur for 9 days and
9 nights, Goddess Durga won on the tenth day.

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