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20 October, 2018 08:12:47 AM

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Durga Puja ends with immersion of goddess’ idols

Independent Online Desk
Durga Puja ends with immersion of goddess’ idols
Hindu devotees push the idol of Goddess Durga down from a boat for immersion in the River Buriganga in the capital yesterday in a melancholic tone. Independent Photo

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, reports UNB. Devotees in their tearful eyes bade farewell to the mother deity and her children -- Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh -- wishing Durga's return next year.

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 and praying for her blessings.

Each of the mandaps across the country has been 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 is being celebrated at some 31,000 puja mandaps throughout the country, including the capital. In the capital, thousands of people are set to throng the Buriganga today to observe the final phase of the festival — the immersion of the goddess Durga.

Devotees in their tearful eyes will bid 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. Meanwhile, there will be strict security measures in place so that Durga Puja ends peacefully.

The five-day festival started on October 15 with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga marking Sashthi. Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival also known as Sharadiya (autumnal) Durga Utsab, 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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