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The five-day Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bengali-speaking followers of Hindu community, ended today with immersion of Devi Durga and other goddesses amid much enthusiasm and festivity.
Durga Puja began on September 26 with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga on the day of Maha Shashti at temples across the country.
Maha Saptami puja was observed on Wednesday (September 27), Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on Thursday (September 28) and Maha Nabami Puja on Friday (September 29).
As many as 30,077 permanent and temporary pandals were erected in the country including 231 in the capital city this year, while 1,767 puja pandaps were set up in Chittagong, 1,242 in Dinajpur and 1,175 in Gopalganj.
Talking to BSS, a group of devotees of Hindu Community today said that Bangladesh is an instance of communal harmony as people of all Hindu faiths have been observing their Durga Puja with liberty for long.
They viewed that the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly so that people of all religions can live with peace and enjoy equal rights.
A puja udjapan committee member said that thousands of devout Hindus including Jagannath Hall joined colourful marches on the city streets and elsewhere in the country as the idols of all Gods and Goddesses were being carried to Buriganga River at Wasieghat point at evening.
Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Udjapan Committee president D N Chattarjee and general secretary Advocate Shyamol Kumar Roy thanked to the Prime Minister, law aneforcemenr agencies and journalists for their cooperation to hold peaceful Durga Puja.
Besides, the idols of all Gods and Goddesses were being carried to nearby rivers, ponds, canals and other water bodies for immersion after Bijoya Dashami, the last and largely attended ritual to bid farewell to Devi Durga, daughter of the majestic Himalayas.
Bijoya Dashami, marking the Victory of Good over Evil and God over Devil according to the Hindu faith, is celebrated on the 10th day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the early autumn month of Ashwin and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual Navaratri or "nine nights" festival.