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All set for Durga Puja celebrations

  • Rajib Kanti Roy
  • 30 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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All set for Durga Puja celebrations
Preparations, including installation of idols, have already been completed for smooth celebrations of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community that begins tomorrow. The photo was taken from Kali Mandir Zamindarbari at Banglabazar in Old Dhaka on Thursday. -Reaz ahmed sumon

All-out preparations have been completed to hold the five-day long Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindus, with due religious fervour and enthusiasm.

The annual celebration is going to start from tomorrow in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country. Puja organisers are busy finalising all their last-minute preparations while traders are making good business as people of the Hindu community are buying different commodities ahead of their major festival.

“We have taken all necessary preparations to celebrate the grand festival with much devotion and enthusiasm. Coronavirus situation has improved and we will celebrate this year’s puja with much grandeur,” said Dulal Barman, general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad’s Katiadi upazila unit in Kishoreganj.

Many mandaps (temporary temples) are being erected for Durga Puja celebrations across the country. Artisans are passing busy time for giving finishing touches to the idols on the altar.

Idol makers went through a disastrous experience during Durga Puja in the last couple of years due to lack of work orders amid coronavirus pandemic but this year they have rebounded as the threat of pandemic has weakened and the number of puja mandaps has increased.

“My father Kanai Paul and I work together. We were depressed ahead of the festival. But we finally have bagged some 25 orders. We are now working under immense pressure to deliver the idols in time,” said Liton Paul, an idol artisan of Barishal city.

“Demand for Ajanta style idol is more this year. In such idols, sarees, weapons and ornaments are all done with clay and paint. Apart from Barishal, we have received work orders from Madaripur, Shariatpur and Faridpur,” he added.

Like the idol artisans, dhakis and other musical instrument players also struggled to make their ends meet in the last several years. They said they are still suffering as they have been booked for small amount of money.

“We had gone through a tough time as celebration of all pujas and family functions were dried during pandemic. This year we are booked but will not get expected amount of money,” said Dilip Das, leader of Utshob Band Party in Rangpur.

“We have repaired our instruments and are now waiting to play those during the puja celebration,” he added.

On the other hand, shoppers are thronging different markets, and shopping malls to buy new dresses for themselves and their family members.

Local fashion houses which offer dresses of authentic motifs receive a good response from customers during every Durga puja. They are doing good business this year as well.

Shaheen Ahmed, owner of renowned local fashion house Anjan’s and President of the Fashion Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh, said that they have brought many dresses of new designs targeting the puja and are selling those to shoppers in big numbers.

“Customers are coming to our outlets and choosing dresses according to their taste. We have already sold two third of our collections we brought for puja,” he said.

Police have taken a three-step security measure for pre-puja, during puja and post-puja celebrations to avoid the repetition of any unexpected incidents like the previous year.

They have also asked all puja celebration committees to take measures, including the installation of CCTV cameras in mandaps, using metal detectors and archway gates where applicable, employment of full-time volunteers, maintaining the provision of separate entry and exit routes for men and women and providing adequate lighting.

Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad President JL Bhowmik said, “The government has beefed up security ahead of Durga Puja. We have already installed CCTV cameras in all puja mandaps. Volunteers will work round-the-clock during the festival to help the law enforcement agencies avert any untoward situation.”

The annual five-day Sharodiya Durgotsab will begin with the unveiling of the face of the deity and Kalparambho tomorrow, on the day of Maha Sashthi, and end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess Durga on Bijoya Dashami on October 5.

This year, Durga Puja will be celebrated in 32,168 mandaps across the country, including 241 in the capital.