Published:  01:43 AM, 26 October 2020

Bijaya Dashomi today

Bijaya Dashomi of the five-day Sarodia Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, will be celebrated in the country today (October 26).With solemn immersion of Goddess Durga, the puja will end today in the capital as elsewhere across the country, reports BSS.

Durga Puja started on Thursday (October 22) through Chandipath, Bodhon and Goddess's abode, following the health and hygiene rules.This year, the goddess is said to come in the cradle, and will ride on the elephant on her way to the heaven. Various religious ceremonies were shortened this year to avoid infection amid the coronavirus epidemic.

The Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad has termed this year's Durgotsab only as 'Durga Puja' as it should be limited to Sattwik Puja by avoiding the issues related to the festival.Earlier, several prohibitions were also issued including closing the puja mandaps after the evening arati. The distribution of prasad and the procession of Bijaya Dashomi were banned to avoid public gatherings.

Due to the corona epidemic, the Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad had earlier announced the arrangements for live telecast of paying homage the goddess on television and Facebook.Devotees were also invited to pay homage at home. Responding to that call, this time many devotees sit at home and receive puja anjali every day. The main attraction of Maha Ashtami is 'Kumari Puja'.

Although this Kumari Puja is held every year at the Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka with the aim of awakening this realization of motherhood in all women, this time this puja was not held due to health and hygiene instructions. Although many people go together in a truck for immersion, this time 10 people can go in a truck for idol abandonment.

Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee, general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, said, "This year, the immersion of the Goddess will be done by avoiding the procession on Bijaya Dashmi tomorrow… The concerned mandap or temple authorities will take steps to conduct Bisarjan by following the health rules."

On this occasion, Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radios will broadcast special programs. Besides, national dailies will publish special articles on the occasion.According to the latest information provided by Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Durga Puja is being held in 30,223 mandapas across the country this year.

On the other hand, the number of puja mandapas in Dhaka metropolis this year is 233. Last year the number was 237. And in Dhaka district there are 740 puja mandaps.Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad thanked all the political parties, the government and all concerned, including members of the law enforcement agencies, for their full cooperation in celebrating the puja in a peaceful and festive atmosphere.

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