GAIBANDHA: Although the festival of Durga Puja is still 22 days away, preparations for making the five-day festival successful are going on in full swing in the district.
The annual festival “Sharodiya Durga Utsab”, the largest festival of Bangalee Hindu community, will start through Sashthi Puja on October 22 and end with the immersion of the goddess' idols on Bijoya Dashami on October 26.Among various preparations, pandals are being constructed along with making varied clay models of the Goddess Durga.
President of District Puja Udjapon Parishad Ranajit Bakshi Surjya said a total of 615 puja mandaps would be erected in all the seven upazilas in the district this year but the number of the mandaps might increase further.
After visiting different puja mandaps in the district town it was seen that the artisans are passing their busy times with painting and other necessary works to make the idols very attractive and nice looking to the devotees and the visitors.
Initiative has also been taken to provide uninterrupted power supply to the puja mandaps at nights to enable the Hindu devotees offers their puja prayers and performing archana, kirtons, arati and other religious rituals, said an official.
Superintendent of police (SP) Muhammad Towhidul Islam said a full-proof security measures have been taken in and around of all the puja mandaps of the district by the law enforcing agencies to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for holding the puja festival smoothly.
Police, Ansar and VDP members including village police would be deployed at the puja mandaps each and the elite forces RAB would also patrol on the road to hold the puja smoothly here, the SP also said.Stern and lawful action would be taken against the persons involved in creating anarchy and trouble at the time of puja, he warned. Like the previous years, district administration has taken up an initiative to hold a preparatory meeting to arrange the festival in the district peacefully, the DC office sources said.