LAKSHMIPUR: All preparations have been completed for celebrating the imminent Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community.
This year Durga Puja will be celebrated in 225 Puja Mandaps in the district. Parliament members and local administrations of all four constituencies in the district distributed grants in their respective areas aiming at making the joyful celebration of the Puja amidst Covid-19 pandemic.Lawmaker Anwar Hossain Khan of Lakshmipur-1 constituency, Women Vice Chairman of Ramganj Upazila Syriya Aktar on Wednesday distributed grants among 35 Puja Mandaps in Ramganj.
Member of Parliament AKM Shajahan Kamal of Lakshmipur-3 and lawmaker Anwar Hossain Khan of Lakshmipur-1 constituency distribute new clothes and cash aid to Hindu community at Shamsundar Akhra, Anandamayi Kalibari, Dalalbazar, Raipur Jagannath Mondir, Modhusudhan Akhra, Ratanpur Boldeb Mondir, Sonapur Horishova and Chandraganj Swarbojoya temples of the district on Wednesday.
Kamal also stressed the need for peaceful celebration of Durga Puja keeping communal harmony, peace and coexistence.
Parliament Member Abdul Mannan of Lakshmipur-4 constituency has also distributed grants among 96 Puja Mondaps in Ramgati Upazila on Tuesday. 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 October 22 (Thursday).
Maha Saptami puja will be performed on October 23 (Friday), Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on October 24 (Saturday) and Maha Nabami Puja on October 25 (Sunday). The festival will end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess Durga on Bijoya Dashami on October 26 (Monday).
Police Super Dr AHM Kamruzzaman said “In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, health guidelines and other directives of the government will be strictly followed during the cerebration of the Durga Puja.”Idol makers and artisans are now passing their busy days in making idols of Durga Puja at puja mandaps in the district with six days left for the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community.
Generally, the idols are made diligently and methodically by the artisans to create exquisite pieces of artistry.
Recently Health Services Division issued directives for maintaining health guidelines during the Durga Puja in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. According to the instructions, while entering the puja mandap, one has to maintain health guidelines, including social distancing, using hand sanitizer and wearing mask.
Hand washing facilities, sanitizers and thermal scanner should be ensured at the entry points of puja mandaps. No procession will be allowed at the time of immersion of the goddess Durga. Prashad distribution, arati (dance competition) and cultural festivals should be avoided. Police administration has chalked out elaborate security measures for smooth celebration of the puja.