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Durga Puja to be held at 142 mandaps in Sherpur

Md Naeem Islam, Sherpur: Almost all preparations have been completed for celebrating the imminent Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindu Community, from Thursday in Sherpur district with due religious fervor, gaiety and solemnity. A total of 142 puja mandaps have been erected in all the five upazilas in Sherpur district this year. Of the total, some 62 mandaps have been erected in Sherpur sadar upazila, 35 in Nalitabari upazila, 18 in Nakla upazila, 17 in Jhinaigathi upazila and 10 in Shribardi upazila of Sherpur district.

After visiting different puja mandaps in the Nakla upazila it was seen that the artists were giving last finishing and final touches to the images of deities to make the idols very attractive and nice looking to the devotees and the visitors. The whole district has taken a festive look and the devotees are getting ready to welcome the upcoming event with great enthusiasm.

Avijit Kumar Banik General Secretary (GS) of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad of Nakla upazila unit said the annual five-day “Sharodiya Durgotsab” will begin with the unveiling of the face of the deity and Kalparambho on the day of Maha Sashthi on October 22 (Thursday). The incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga will be held on October 21 (Wednesday) on Maha Panchami, a day before Maha Maha Sashthi at temples across the country.

Maha Saptami puja will be performed on October 23 (Friday), Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on October 24 (Saturday) and Maha Nabami Puja on October 25 (Sunday). The festival will end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess Durga on Bijoya Dashami on October 26 (Monday). The Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion heralding the advent of goddess Durga, was celebrated on September 17 last. “In the wake of the coronavirus (COVIT-19) outbreak, health guidelines and other directives of the government will be strictly followed during the celebration of the Durga Puja.”

Suranjit Kumar Banik, president of Nakla Kali Matar Mandhir said that, while entering the puja mandap, one has to maintain health guidelines, including social distancing, using hand sanitizer and wearing a mask. Hand washing facilities and sanitizers should be ensured at the entry points of puja mandaps. No procession will be allowed at the time of immersion of the goddess Durga. Prashad distribution, dance competition and cultural festivals should be avoided, he added.

Alamgir Hossain Shah Officer in Charge (OC) of Nakla police station said full-proof security measures have been taken in and around all the puja mandaps of the district by the law enforcing agencies to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for holding the puja festival smoothly. Ansar-VDP members and gram police would be deployed at the puja mandaps each and the elite forces Police would also patrol on the road to hold the puja smoothly. He also said that Stern and lawful action would be taken against the persons who would be involved in creating anarchy and trouble at the time of puja.

The Puja Udjapan Committees are asked to dial 999 for emergency help or support, if needed, he added.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Zahidur Rahman said several vigilance teams headed by OCs had also been formed to help the community celebrate the festival in a befitting manner.

Idol makers and artisans are now passing their busy days in making idols of Durga Puja at puja mandaps across the country with six days left for the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community. Generally, the idols are made diligently and methodically by the artisans to create exquisite pieces of artistry, UNO Zahidur Rahman added.

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