Preparation for celebrating the forthcoming Sharodia Durga Puja, the largest religious festival for the Bangalee Hindu community, is going on in full swing in Bhola district.
The five-day long festival will begin on October 1 with due respect and religious fervor across the country and end on October 5 with immersion of the idols of goddess Durga and other deities.
People of the community are passing their busiest days with the works of decorating and painting idols and Puja Mandaps ahead of their festival. Idol makers commonly known as Pauls are passing their busy time in the final touch works of idols of Hindu deities. With only four days left, the Pauls are working round the clock to make sure that the idols are ready in time.
On the occasion of the upcoming Autumn Durga Puja, a preparation meeting was held today at the initiative of the district administration, held at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner's office with Deputy Commissioner Md Tawfiq-E-Lahi Chowdhury in the chair. Additional District Magistrate Tamim Al Yamin, Additional District Commissioner (General) Bibek Sarkar, Additional Superintendent of Police Md. Asaduzzaman, Bhola Press Club President M. Habibur Rahman, Bhola Municipality Panel Mayor Salahuddin Lincon, District Puja Celebration Parishad President Gaurang Chandra, District Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Parishad Convener Avinash Nandi and Tajumuddin Upazila Puja Celebration Parishad President Rupan Chandra Majumdar, among others, were present.
Deputy Commissioner said that all arrangements will be made by the district administration to celebrate Durga Puja in a festive atmosphere and every mandap will be covered by CC cameras and 10 volunteers will work in the mandaps along with the law and order forces.
In addition to two control rooms in the office of Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, one control room will be setup in each upazila. Uninterrupted power supply will be ensured in every Mandap. All that can be done to celebrate Puja peacefully will be done, DC also said.
A total of 500 kgs of rice has been allocated by the government for each mandap in the district, which is being distributed in different upazilas of the district, DC said.
The Durga Puja will be celebrated at 116 mandaps in the district this year.