PV Desk : Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangali Hindu community, began today with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga on the day of Maha Shashti at temples across the country.
Shashti is the sixth day of Devi Pakhsha and marked the formal beginning of Durga Puja.
Marking Shashti, Kalparamvo was performed at 6.30 in the morning while Bodhan, (the incarnation of Ma Durga idol), Amantran (inviting the Goddess) and Adhivas (sanctifying the stay of the Goddess in the puja area of the pandals) were performed in the late afternoon.
Recitation of verses from the Holy Chandi, blowing of conch shells and beating of dhak-dhols at temples and pandals started this morning which will continue for the five days.
Maha Saptami puja will be observed tomorrow, Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on Thursday, Maha Nabami Puja on Friday and Bijoya Dashami on Saturday. The five-day festival will come to an end with the emersion of the idols of goddess Durga in the nearby rivers and water bodies on Saturday.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the members of the Hindu community in separate messages on the occasion of the festival.