The five-day Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, has ended with the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her children in water bodies across the country amid festivity.
The process of immersion of the idols started around 4:00 pm on Friday instead of noon due to the Jummah prayers of the Muslim community at that time, reports BSS.
The five-day Durga Puja began on October 11 with observing Maha Shasthi puja, Chondipath, the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga and Adhibas at temples across the country amid festivity and religious fervour maintaining health guidelines.
The puja was performed in temples, homes and in the public, featuring temporary stage decorations.
Maha Nabami Puja, believed to be the day when Durga defeated the evil, was celebrated yesterday across the country.
Mahishasura and the Nabami rituals begin with a 'mahasnan' and a Shodashopachar puja.
Representatives of different political and social organisations as well as cabinet members and members of parliament visited different Puja Mandaps in the city yesterday.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader visited the Ramkrishna Math Puja Mandop while State Minister for Religious Affairs Faridul Haque Khan visited the Dhakeshwari National Temple during the five-day Durga Puja festival.
This year festival was celebrated at 32,118 puja mandaps across the country while the puja was celebrated at 238 puja mandaps in the capital.
Durga Puja is the worship of 'Shakti' or divine power embodied in Devi Durga symbolising the battle between good and evil where the evil forces succumb to the divine forces.
According to the Puranas, after fighting with Mahisasur for 9 days and 9 nights, Goddess Durga won on the tenth day.