TheSanaton community celebrated the Kumari Puja on the 'Mohaassthami' on Monday through worshipping goddess Durga as a `Kumari', a pure-hearted girl and the virgin form of the deity in Rangpur district.
Hundreds of the Sanatan devotees thronged the Puja Mandaps to celebrate Kumari Puja, one of the most significant programs during the five-day celebrations of their greatest religious festivity of universal 'Sharodiya Durgotsab' (Durga Puja).
The Sanatan people of all ages, including young girls and women, attired in traditional dresses, thronged the 'Ramakrishna Ashram and Ramkhana Mission' in the Mahiganj area in the city in festive moods to celebrate Kumari Puja with due religious rituals and festivity.
President of the district unit of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad Ajoy Prasad Babon said goddess Durga is being worshipped for time immemorial in various forms including `Kumari', a pure-hearted girl and the virgin form of the divinity.
One minor girl, symbolising the Kumari form of Mother Durga, was worshipped on the ''Mohaassthami' in front of the idol of goddess Durga at the Mahiganj Ramakrishna Ashram Mandap in the city. The Principal of Mahiganj Ramakrishna Ashram and Ramkhana Mission Swami Sontotanand conducted the religious rituals of the 'Kumari Puja' there in presence of thousands of the Sanatan devotees.
Celebration of the Kumari Puja began in the morning when the Sanatan devotees thronged different Puja Mandaps and started their offerings to mother Durga in the form of `Kumari' as a symbol of a pure-hearted girl and the virginform of the deity.
The Sanatan devotees of all ages, including adolescents, teenage and younggirls, offered water, clothes and flowers at the feet of the `Kumari' along with gold and silver ornaments amid due religious fervour.
Meanwhile, the five-day celebrations of the greatest religious festivity of Durga Puja continue in a peaceful atmosphere amid tight security measures at all Puja Mandaps at different places in all eight upazilas of the district.