Staff Correspondent: The five-day Durga Puja, biggest religious festival of the Hindus community, ended with the immersion of idols across the country on Tuesday.
Hindu devotees brought out a traditional Bijoya Dashami procession from Dhakeshwari Temple in the capital under the auspices of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee. The procession ended on the bank of the river Buriganga after parading different city streets.
With a heavy heart, worshippers bade farewell to the mother deity, Durga and her children – Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh – through the engagement of their idols in the water wishing Durga’s return next year.
The Hindus across the country observed the Bijoya Dashami amid religious fervour and festivity by visiting their relatives’ homes to share sweetmeats. Married Hindu women put “sindoor” (vermilion) on each other’s forehead on the occasion.
Unlike other years, people definitely feared fundamental outfits might disturb the festivity as religious minority preachers like Hindu priests and Buddhist monks were hacked to death in some places in the recent past. But the government took cautionary steps and security was beefed up with deployment of huge number of law enforcers and intelligence men. As a result, evil forces could not show their ill faces.