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Durga Puja Celebrations in Bangladesh and West Bengal

  • Matiur Chowdhury
  • Pramashish Roy

The devotees danced and sang `kirton' expressing their deep emotional pathos as `Durga Maa' was leaving all of her sons and daughters for full one year.


Thousands joined colorful marches on the city streets and elsewhere of the country as the idols of Mother Durga were being carried to the nearby rivers or water-bodies for immersion.

Sunday was the public holiday marking the Bijoyadashami, the last day of the Durga Puja.

Several TV and Radio channels both in Bangladesh and West Bengal aired special program highlighting the significance of the day. Bijoyadashami marking the victory of gods over evil, is celebrated on the 10th day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the early autumn month of Ashwin and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual Navaratri or "nine nights" festival.

At Dhaka main traditional procession on Bijoyadashami arranged by Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee, started from Dhakeshwari Temple at 5-45 pm and ended at Waizeghat on the bank of the river Buriganga at 7-00 pm after parading different city streets.

Amid rains, thousands of devotees on trucks and on foot joined the procession led by the leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad including Maj Gen (retd) CR Dutta Bir Uttam, Dr Neem Chandra Bhowmik, Swapan Kumar Saha, Parimal Guha, Kajal Devnath, Satyendra Chandra Bhakta, Tapash Paul, Mihir Kanti Dey, Dhruba Laskar, Ramen Mandal, Kishore Roy, Beena Saha, Sabitri Bhattacharya and Padmawati.

Different socio-cultural organizations of the Hindu community as well as Mandir managements arranged blood donation program and distributed clothes among the poor on the occasion.

Millions of people on Sunday bade farewell to Goddess Durga on the final day of the four-day festival, immersing the idols in rivers across the West Bengal State.


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