Durga puja will end today with immersion of Goddess Durga

Durga puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu minority, will culminate in Bangladesh, with the immersion of idols on Wednesday evening.

On the last day of the puja, devotees throng to mandaps in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country for Bijoya Dashami, the final day of the grand festival, to celebrate the triumph of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.

On this day, families visit each other and exchange sweets. Married Hindu women put vermilion on their foreheads on this occasion.

In Bangladesh this year, the religious festival is celebrated in some 32,168 puja mandaps across the country, including 241 in Dhaka.

In the capital, thousands of people flock to the Buriganga on Wednesday 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 – as the idols are submerged, wishing Goddess Durga to return next year.

During this time, strict security measures will be put in place for Durga puja to end peacefully.

The five-day festival started on October 1 with the incarnation (Bodhon) of Goddess Durga marking Sashthi.

Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival also known as Sharadiya (autumn) Durga Utsab, is the worship of “Shakti” (divine force) embodied by Goddess Durga.

It symbolizes the battle between good and evil where the dark forces finally succumb to the divine.

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid greeted members of the country’s Hindu community on the occasion.

In his message, President Hamid said that the main religious festival of the Bengali Hindu community is Durga Puja. “The country’s Hindu community has been celebrating puja amid huge enthusiasm and festivities with different rituals since ancient times.”

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