A Grand Festival of Colour
Zahedul I Khan
May truth and goodness triumph over the dark evils in all spheres of our lives...
With grand arrangements all over the city, this year's Durga Puja was celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigour, not just by Hindu devotees but others as well in a show of solidarity and strength against communal elements. This year the Dhaka welcomed the divine mother, who protects people from evil forces of selfishness, jealousy, hatred, anger and ego, with such sprit...
The festival of Durga Puja starts with Mahalaya, the first phase of the rising moon in Aswin.
On these days, Goddess Durga arrives with much flourish amidst the beats of dhak to the earthly world, her own home from the heaven, accompanied by her four children, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, Kartik, the God of beauty as well as warfare and Ganesha, the 'Siddhidata' or the starter of everything good.
The Durga Puja extends over a period of ten days in case of traditional and household Pujas, however the main part of it is limited to five days only. The main Puja, however, starts on the evening of 'Sasthi', the sixth day after the new moon, generally from beneath a 'Bel' tree for the traditional ones. In the tiny hours of 'Saptami,' the next day, the life of the Devi is brought from a nearby pond or river in a banana tree and established inside the image. The main puja starts thereafter, and the prime time is reached in the 'Sandhikshan,' the crossover time between Ashtami and Nabami. Finally, on tenth day from the new moon, or the 'Bijaya Dashami,' a tearful farewell is offered to the Goddess Durga, back to her in-laws, in heaven, and her image is immersed in the river.
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