Cox’s Bazar beach is buzzed with Hindu devotees to immerse the idols of Goddess Durga on Wednesday, after a five-day-celebration of their biggest religious festival.
Immersion of idol was conducted in the presence of thousands of tourists and other people. More than 200 idols are immerse on the beach.
Adequate security arrangements have been made on the thoroughfares and at the beach areas for peaceful observance of the idol-immersion ceremony.
On the occasion of immersion, President of Cox’s Bazar District Puja Celebration Council Babu Ujjal Kar said that according to the previous announcement, the idols started gathering at Laboni Point of the beach one by one through strict security measures. After that, the immersion ceremony was held on the beach.
Deputy Education Minister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Naufel spoke as the chief guest on the occasion. Member of Parliament Ashek Ullah Rafiq, Central Awami League Secretary of Religious Affairs Advocate Sirajul Mostafa, Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Mohammad Mamunur Rashid, Acting President of Cox’s Bazar District Awami League Advocate Faridul Islam Chowdhury, Superintendent of Police of Cox’s Bazar Md. Mahfuzul Islam, Superintendent of Police Md. Zillur Rahman, and General Secretary of the District Puja Udjakar Parishad Bentu Dash also spoke on the occasion.
Organisers of most household and community pujas were seen leading colourful processions to the ghats amid the beating of drums and chanting of mantras. Head priest of Saraswati Bari temple in Cox's Bazar Swapan Bhattacharya recited the immersion chants from the stage following which devotees abandoned the idols one by one on the beach.
Gobind Roy, a tourist from Narayanganj who came to see the immersion of idols on the beach, said that he came with his family to see the biggest idol-immersion ceremony in the country.
Ujjal Kar, President of Cox's Bazar District Puja Celebration Council, said that more than 200 idols have been immerse on the beach this time.
Superintendent of Police of Cox's Bazar Md. Mahfuzul Islam said that special measures were taken for security from the beginning of Durga Puja and till the end.
Cox's Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md. Mamunur Rashid said, Cox's Bazar is a community harmony district. We are able to complete idol-immersion ceremony with everyone.