RANGPUR: Artisans are passing busiest times as preparations are nearing completion to celebrate the five-day Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, with due religious fervour in the division.
Local leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad (BPUP) said the celebrations will begin from October 11 and end on October 15 next with the 'Bijoya Dashami' procession and immersion of the idols of goddess Durga in water bodies.
Steps are being taken to deploy police forces alongside Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-13, Highway Police, Ansar-VDP and community police at all mandaps to ensure peaceful celebrations of Durga Puja across the division.
Rangpur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Abdul Alim Mahmud said Saturday that the Sanaton community will celebrate 'Sharodiyo' Durga Puja at 156 mandaps in the metropolis.
"We will take sufficient security measures to ensure peaceful celebrations of Durga Puja at all Puja mandaps," he said.
Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md Zakir Hossain said distribution of 2,594.50 tonnes of rice allocated by the government continues among 5,189 Puja mandaps with 500 kg each in the division to assist the Sanaton community in celebrating the Durga Puja.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) of Rangpur Md Golam Rabbani said 947 Durga Puja mandaps have been erected this year in all eight upazilas, Rangpur metropolis and three municipalities across the district.
Artisans Manoranjan Paul, Adyta Sen, Akhil Chandra and Anil Kumar Paul at different Puja mandaps in Rangpur said they are working round the clock to complete coloring of the erected idols of goddess Durga with artistic creativity.
Artisans Upen Paul, Dulal Chandra and Amrita Paul said their artisan groups are erecting the idols of goddess Durga at different Puja mandaps in the city since last month.
"After completing all major works, our artisans are giving finishing touches to the idols with different colours to make those more attractive and eye-catching," said Upen Paul.
Like Rangpur, artisans of Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Kurigram districts are also giving final touch to the idols of goddess Durga.
Divisional Commissioner Abdul Wahhab Bhuiyan said the district and upazila administrations and law enforcement agencies will take adequate security steps to ensure peaceful celebrations of Durga Puja.