DOT Desk: The five-day celebration of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangali Hindu community, ended here yesterday with immersion of the Goddess Durga in the river and water bodies across the country on Bijoya Dashami.
The last day of Navratri also celebrated as Bijoya Dashami is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Ashwin, which according to the Gregorian calendar falls either in the month of September or October.
The annual five-day “Sharodiya Durgotsab” began with the incarnation (Bodhon) of Goddess Durga on the day of Maha Sashthi on Friday. Maha Saptami puja was performed on Saturday, Maha Ashtami on Sunday, Maha Navami on Monday.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad (BPUP) General Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chattarjee in a press conference earlier had said 31,398 permanent and temporary puja mandaps were set up across the country this year.
The number of puja mandaps increased by 483 this year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Ramkrishna Mission and the puja mandap of the Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka on Monday.
Hindu devotees across the country will sing and dance to ‘kirton’ before removing the idols of Durga and other Gods and Goddesses from the altar of all mandops (makeshift pavilions) for immersion.
Thousands of devotees will be joining the colourful processions, as the idols will be carried to nearby water bodies.