It is Mahadashami, the final day of Durga Puja, and the goddess will go back to 'Kailash' once again. This year rain has continuously disrupted the mood of festivity and joy and Mahanavami was no exception.
The famous pujas in Kolkata like 'Suruchi Sangha', 'Shiv Mandir Durga Puja', 'Mohd. Ali Park', 'Bagbazar Sarbojonin Durga Puja', 'Mudiali Club Durga Puja', 'Barisha Club', continued to attract more and more devotees on the night of Mahanavami as well. People hopped pandals with umbrellas in their hands and by the evening the most popular puja 'pandals' were buzzing with devotees.On Mahadashami, the people are hoping for a dry day so that they can bid farewell to the goddess hassle-free.
After this, starts the frenzied immersion ceremony. Long processions with drums and trumpets are taken out through various cities of West Bengal and finally reaching various banks of river Ganga or other rivers where the idols are immersed.After the immersion ceremony is over, people start wishing each other 'Shubho Bijoya', a custom followed by the Bengalis all over the world. န Photos : AFP, Reuters
They took the series 4-0 - with one match washed out by rain - when Rubel Hossain, who claimed 4-25, bowled Kyle Mills (33) with three balls remaining. The home side had posted a modest total of 174 as Mills and skipper Daniel Vettori took three wickets each. But the Kiwis slumped to 20-5 in reply and a stand of 86 between Grant Elliott (59) and Vettori (43) was not enough.
When Elliott departed in the 44th over, caught by Rubel after attempting to sweep a ball from Suhrawadi Shuvo, the onus was on Mills to try and guide his side to a consolation victory. န Photos : Reuters READ FULL STORY
The inferno occurred when the huge stockpile of crackers caught fire. Other investigative details were awaited till the time of filing this report. The firecrackers caused such a huge explosion that the roof of the factory was blown off. Soon, the fire spread to other settlements in the neighbourhood and led to many locals inhabiting these getting injured due to fire.
"Secularism doesn't mean absence of religion," he said while speaking to journalists during hosting a reception for the members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban, marking their largest religious festival- Durga Puja. The President said Bangladesh is a secular country where people from all religions and creeds can perform their respective rituals peacefully with due festive mood in a brotherly atmosphere.
Noting that Durga Puja is one of the most ancient festivals of the country, the President said people from all walks of life celebrate the festival since long. Zillur Rahman said members of the Hindu community have celebrated the Durga Puja across the country in a very peaceful and cheerful manner this year which is a success of the present government. န Photo : BSS
PTI, Guwahati, 17 October : Animal sacrifice in the world famous Kamakhya temple and other puja pandals on the occasion of Durga Puja may be a common practice, but prominent citizens and NGOs here have protested against such ritual.
Demanding a ban on such practices, the NGO, People for Animal, said there was no such concept of sacrificing animals in the name of gods and goddesses. "There are many temples across the country where 'bali' (sacrifice) is performed but there is no such concept of sacrificing any animal or bird in the name of god in Hinduism," People for Animal Assam unit chairperson Sangeeta Goswami said.