Saraswati Puja, one of the main religious festivals of the Hindu community, is being celebrated in the country today.
Every year, the puja is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh as Goddess Saraswati was born on this day. The day is called "Vasant Panchami".
As Saraswati is considered the goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Hindu devotees, especially students, celebrate the Saraswati Puja at different educational institutions and temples.
Traditionally, the students of Dhaka University's Jagannath Hall celebrate the puja, setting up 35-40 mandaps, which every year turn into the main attraction of the celebrations.
The puja is also arranged at DU dormitories of girls, Dhaka College, Eden Girls' College, Buet, Dhakeshwari Mandir, Siddeshwari Temple, Ramkrishna Mission and temples in Tantibazar, Shankharibazar, Banglabazar, Mohakhali and Farmgate areas in the city.
On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the Hindu community.
Mentioning that Bangladesh is a place of communal harmony, the president in his message urged all to contribute from their respective positions to strengthening of the existing tradition of harmony.
In her message, the PM said Saraswati is the goddess of learning, speech and music, and also the symbol of justice and beauty.
She called upon the people of Hindu community to devote themselves to nation-building.