Dhaka – Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, ended on Monday with emersion of idols in ponds, lakes and rivers in the city and elsewhere in the country on Vijaya Dashami.
Five days of revelry and celebration ended, with organisers taking out colourful processions in different places accompanied by drums and bands to immerse the idols of Devi Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartik with much fanfare.
There was a festive look specially on the banks of Buriganga, Sitalakkhya and other rivers and water bodies, with drums playing the immersion beats.
Thousands of people from the Hindu community irrespective of age joined hands to slowly put the idols into the water.
In the city, jubilant devotees in colourful attires joined spectacular truck processions carrying idols of Durga amid fanfare towards the Buriganga River for emersion when children, the young and the elderly joined hands to slowly put the idols into the water at the climax of the festival.
Durga puja is the worship of ‘Shakti’ or divine power embodied in Devi Durga symbolizing the battle between good and evil where the dark forces eventually succumb to the divine forces.
Bijoya Dashami, the 10th day of the bright fortnight marks the Victory of Good over Evil, God over Devil, is a public holiday in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh this year witnessed erection of over 28,000 makeshift puja mandaps or marquees with flowers and multi-coloured lights across the country.
The Dhakeswari National Temple, the biggest and oldest Hindu monastery in downtown of the capital, drew the highest number of devotees who marched through the major streets carrying the idols to the Buriganga for emersion on the concluding day of the grand festival.
The main ritual of the five-day celebration included formal opening of the puja called `Shashti Puja’, Arati everyday, Kumari Puja, Sandhya Puja, offering Anjali, distribution of Mahaprasad and Bijoya Dashami on the last day of the festival that drew a wide coverage in the private and state-run television channels and newspapers.
The festival, however, visibly prompted authorities to enforce sharper security vigil calling out elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) troops alongside deployment of several thousand policemen to evade any security related or law and order situation.
President Abdul Hamid hosted a reception to members of Hindu community at Bangabhaban on Monday. – Staff Reporter