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9 October, 2019 12:50:56 AM
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Durga Puja ends with immersion of idols

UNB, Dhaka
Durga Puja ends with immersion of idols
Hindu devotees immerse an idol of Goddess Durga in the Buriganga River yesterday wrapping up the rituals of Durga Puja. Star Mail Photo

The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest of all Hindu festivals, ended yesterday with solemn immersion of the Goddess Durga in the capital and elsewhere in the country. Devotees thronged Puja mandaps to celebrate Bijoya Dashami, the last day of the festival and reciting the mantras and offering flowers to the goddess Durga (pushpanjali) and prayed for her blessings.

Each of the mandaps across the country was ornamented with beautiful idols, showcasing the goddess in all her glory. Bijoya Dashami is the special ceremony of reaffirming peace and good relations among people. On this day, families visit each other to share sweetmeats. Married Hindu women put vermilion on each other's forehead on the occasion. This year, the religious festival was celebrated at over 31,000 puja mandaps throughout the country.

Devotees bade 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) DurgaUtsab, is the worship of “Shakti” [divine force] embodied in goddess Durga. It symbolises the battle between good and evil where the dark forces eventually succumb to the divine.

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