Durga Puja begins today
Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, begins today with Maha Shashthi puja at temples across the country with due religious fervour.
Preparations at all puja mandaps have almost been completed as artisans are busy giving the final touches to idols and pandals to celebrate the festival.
It is believed that Goddess Durga on this day descends on the earth with her four children -- Ganesha, Kartikeya, Lakshami and Saraswati.Maha Saptami puja will be held tomorrow, Maha Ashtami, Kumari and Sandhi puja on Monday, Maha Nabami on Tuesday and Bijoya Dashami on Wednesday.
In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday conveyed greetings to the Hindu community people on this occasion, reports BSS.
This year, puja will be celebrated at 32,168 mandaps across the country, including 242 in the capital, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.
In the capital, the main puja mandaps are at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramkrishna Mission and Math, Kalabagan, Banani, Shakhari Bazar and Ramna Kali Mandir.
Yesterday at a press conference, Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Udjapan Committee issued 21-point directives, including installing CCTV cameras, frisking suspects and assigning volunteers, on maintaining security at the respective mandaps during the celebration.