Tight security measures have been taken in and around all puja mondops in the capital and elsewhere in the country as Durga Puja begins on Monday with due religious solemnity.
Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of Hindu community, will begin with Maha Shashthi Puja at temples and puja mandaps across the country.
Besides this, plain-clothes detective police will patrol puja mondops to thwart any untoward incidents.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Shafiqul Islam said, “There is no risk of a terrorist attack on the occasion of the Durga Puja. However, he said that they were not dispelling the fears.
The DMP chief disclosed this information after inspecting the security arrangements at the central puja mondop at Dhakeswari Temple in the capital on Sunday.
He said, "We don't see much risk in focusing on Durga Puja. But militants are now active online. They are giving various posts to incite others to attack.”
Additional police will also be deployed in major temples in Dhaka city. There will be CCTV control room. Mobile police teams will work in small temples.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad general secretary Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee said, “We have instructed puja organisers to follow the health guidelines strictly.
This year, Durga Puja will be celebrated at 32,118 puja mandaps across the country while the puja will be arranged at 238 puja mandaps in the capital, according to statement of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said law enforcement agencies will take tight security measures to ensure the peaceful celebration of the Durga Puja.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Religious Affairs issued an urgent notice, urging the members of Hindu community to properly maintain health guidelines during Durga Puja.
The annual five-day Sharodiya Durgotsab will begin with the unveiling of the face of the deity and Kalparambho on the day of Maha Sashthi on Monday.
It is believed that the Goddess Durga enters the mortal world on Maha Shashthi after completing her stay in Kailash.
The day’s puja will start with uncovering the face of the deity which has been covered for the last couple of days. Then the day will be celebrated with Bodhan and worship.
The four major rituals of puja — Kalparamvo (the starting of the Pujas), Bodhan (consecration of the idol of Goddess Durga), Amantran (inviting the Goddess), and Adhibas (sanctifying the stay of the deity in the Puja area or pandals) — will be performed on the day.
Puja preparations at all the puja mandaps have already been completed and artisans gave their final touches to idols and mandaps.
The fie-day festivity and prayers begin on the sixth day of the full moon and ends on the tenth day.
Durga puja celebrations will end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess in water bodies on October 15.