RAJSHAHI: The five-day celebration of Durga Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Bangali Hindus, ended here on Friday with immersion of the Goddess Durga in the river Padma, reports BSS.
The last day rituals of the festival were celebrated amid much enthusiasm and festivity. ‘Prasad’ and sweets were distributed among the devotees and the people belonging to other communities, who visited the Puja Mandops.Marking the Bijoya Dashami women devotees applied ‘Sindur’ on the face of goddess Durga and exchanged among themselves amid joyous and festive mood.
Before removing the idols of Durga and other gods and goddesses from the altar of all mandops or makeshift pavilions for immersion, the Hindu devotees danced and sang ‘kirton’.
Thousands of devotees joined the colorful marches as the idols were being carried to the nearby rivers particularly the river Padma, ponds, canals and other water bodies for immersion.
A total of 463 puja mandops, including 96 in the city, were set up in the district. Local administration distributed 231.50 tonnes of rice on the occasion of Durga puja this year.