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18 August, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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Hindus celebrate Bole Bombom festival

Hindus celebrate Bole Bombom festival
Pilgrims gather at Shiva temple to celebrate Bole Bombom festival yesterday. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

Thousands of Hindu devotees from all over Dinajpur and surrounding districts, including Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Joypurhat and Naogaon, paid obeisance at Shiva temple here yesterday morning on the occasion of the two-day Bole Bombom festival. The temple, situated near Anandasagar, a large water body in sadar upazila, is visited by a large number of people round the year, particularly during the festival. Pouring of water, collected from different rivers, on Shiva (Kailash Pati) is part of the ritual.
The devotees, including male and females, on Sunday gathered at the riverbanks of Atrai and Punorbhaba in Dinajpur Sadar upazila and Birganj upazila to collect the water.
Later, they on bear feet walk to Shiva temple and poured the water, collected from the river, on Shiva idol.    
Long serpentine queues of the pilgrims were seen at the temple to pour water on Shiva idol.
The devotees visit this shrine during the festival every year in large numbers.
Bole Bombom is a festival of Hindu Gorkha community and traditionally, men and women used to seek blessings from the goddess.
While talking to The Independent the visiting devotees said they come at the temple every year to seek blessings from the Goddess Shiva for each and every family members.
Bhupendra Nath Roy, who hails from Biral upazila of the district, said he came here for seeking blessing from the Baba Volanath (Goddess Shiva).
“I have come here for seeking peace for my family as well as the country,” said Kakoli Rani Roy, a housewife from Balubari village of Dinajpur.  Every year, she comes here for seeking blessings from the Goddess Shiva, said Kakoli Rani Roy. Joy Kishan Patwari of Festival Committee said Babu Hanuman Das Patwari, a local citizen of Dinajpur, started the celebration of Bole Bombom in 1974 for global peace and organised a festival on the First Monday of Sraban month of Bangla Calendar. Devotees from India also visit the temple every year.
AKM Khalequzzaman Officer In-Charge of Dinajpur Kotwali Police Station said a large number police has been deployed at the festival area to maintain peace and discipline.

 

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