Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, begins today with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga on the day of Maha Sashthi at temples across the country amid stringent security.
On the occasion, preparations in all the Puja pandals have nearly been completed as devotees and artisans are busy giving final touches on idols and pandals across the country marking the festival.
In separate messages, President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the members of the country’s Hindu community marking the festival, local media reports said.
The five-day festival starts with ‘Bodhon’ of the Goddess Durga tomorrow while the celebration will come to an end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess Durga in the nearby rivers and water bodies across the country on Oct 19.
To mark the Shashthi tomorrow, recitation of the verses from the Holy Chandi and blowing of conch shells (Shankha) and beating of dhak-dhols (drums) will be heard in temples and pandals throughout the day. The Shashthi puja will begin through Kalparombha at 6:30 am.
Maha Saptami puja will be held on Tuesday, Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on Wednesday, Maha Nabami Puja on Thursday and Bijoya Dashami on Friday.
In Dhaka city, the largest number of crowd of devotees will be seen at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramkrishna Mission and Math, Kalabagan, Banani, Shakhari Bazar and Dhaka University Jagannath Hall puja mandaps.
Security has been beefed up in all Puja pandals throughout the country, including the capital, with the deployment of additional squads of Ansars, police, RAB and other law enforcers for peaceful celebration of the festival. Besides, voluntary groups will also perform duties at the puja pandals.