The five-day long Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, began today with enthusiasm and due religious fervour through the incarnation (Bodhon) of the goddess Durga at temples across the country, Agencies report.
According to Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, a total of 29,395 permanent and temporary pandals have been erected across the country, including 229 in the capital. The festival started with “Bodhon” of Durga, marking Sashthi at 4pm pm on Friday, while it will come to an end with the immersion of the goddess’ idols in water bodies on October 11.
To mark the Sashthi, recitation of verses from the Holy Chandi, blowing of conch shells and beating of dhak-dhols at temples and pandals begun this morning. The Maha Saptami puja will be celebrated tomorrow; Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on Sunday; Maha Nabami Puja on Monday and Bijoya Dashami on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the members of the Hindu community and issued separate messages on the occasion of the festival.
Security measures have been beefed up at temples and pandals with the deployment of additional squads of Ansar, police, RAB and other law enforcement agencies for peaceful celebration of the festival.
The government has already distributed rice under the general relief programme among the puja mandap authorities to assist the Hindu community people celebrating their religious festival.