The five-day Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, ended on Wednesday with the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga in rivers and water bodies across the country amid festivity.
Hindu devotees thronged Mandaps in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country to celebrate Bijoya Dashami, the last day of the grand festival, marking the triumph of Goddess Durga over buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Before the immersion of the idols, the devotees bade farewell to mother deity Durga through Darpan Bisharjan at 8:50am.
Amid tight security, Durga idols from the Puja Mandaps in the city and on its outskirts were immersed in the Buriganga and Turag rivers, and Wiseghat.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee jointly brought out a ‘Bijoya Shubhajatra’ from Dhakeshwari National Temple.
This year, Durga Puja was celebrated at 32,168 Mandaps across the country, including 241 in the capital.
In the capital, the main Puja Mandaps were at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramakrishna Mission and Math, Kalabagan, Banani, Shakhari Bazar and Ramna Kali Mandir.
Swami Premananda Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission and Math, Dhaka, said Goddess Durga came to the earth from heaven riding on an elephant this year which signifies as per mythology that the earth will witness natural disasters like storms but production of grain and crops will increase.
Goddess Durga returned to heaven riding on a boat which signifies that the world will get blessings, he added.
Durga Puja signifies the birth of Durga with the blessings of gods as a collective energy to fight the demon king -- Mahishasura.
On October 1, the five-day annual celebrations started with unveiling of the face of the deity and Kalparambho on Maha Shasthi at temples across the country amid festivity and religious fervour.
Earlier, the incarnation (Bodhon) of Goddess Durga happened in the evening on September 30 on Maha Panchami.
Maha Nabami was celebrated on Tuesday across the country. Maha Nabami is believed to be the day when Durga defeated Mahishasura and the Nabami rituals begin with a mahasnan and a Shodashopachar Puja.