Publish: 12 Oct 2021, 06:06 pm
The five-day 'Sharadiyo Durgotsav,' the Bengali Hindu
community's largest religious holiday, began Monday with Sashthi Puja and will
conclude on October 15 with the immersion of Goddess Durga idols in rivers and
water bodies near temples across the country.
Today (Tuesday), Maha Saptami, Kumari Puja, and Sandhi Puja are being held, followed by Maha Ashtami on Wednesday, and Maha Nabami Puja on Thursday.
Various religious ceremonies have been shortened this year to avoid infection by the global pandemic Covid-19, as per instructions.
The Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad has dubbed this year's Durgotsav simply "Durga Puja" in order to avoid any complications surrounding the holiday.
During the Durga Puja celebrations, leaders of the Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad asked everyone to follow the government's health rules and directions released in the aftermath of the global pandemic COVID-19.
According to the directions, when approaching the puja mandap, one must maintain health guidelines such as social separation, using hand sanitizer, and wearing a mask.
Hand washing stations, sanitizers, and a thermal scanner should all be available at puja mandap entry points.
Durga Puja has been held at 32,118 mandaps across the country this year, including 128 in Dhaka.
Additional squads of Ansars, police, RAB, and other law enforcers have been deployed at all Puja pandals across the country, including the capital, to ensure a peaceful celebration of the festival.
In addition, volunteer groups will assist at the puja pandals.