Glimpses of Durga Puja 2014 from Bangladesh

Durga Puja is not only celebrated in India but also around the globe which includes our neighbouring country Bangladesh where around 8 % of the population is Hindu. Here are some glimpses of how Durga Puja is celebrated in Bangladesh this year.

History records that grand celebration of Durga Puja in present form began in late 1500s. There are many folk tales about the first Durga Puja in Bengal. Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur organized the first autumn Durga Puja in Bengal. Tahirpur is a municipal town of Bagmara upazila under the district of Rajshahi. It is situated on the bank of the river Barahi or Barnai.The most noted zamindar of Tahirpur was Raja Kansa Narayan, son of Hari Narayan. It is recorded that by spending taka nine lakhs he arranged for the gorgeous celebration in modern fashion of Durga Puja festival in Bengal.

Durga Puja is the biggest and most important religious festival of Hindu religion. This festival has started from ancient time. People of Hindu religion celebrate this day by worshipping their goddess called “Durga”. Goddess Durga has 10 arms; she carries weapons in hand and rides on a lion.

The day of Durga Puja is a holiday in Bangladesh as the Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Hindu religion in Bangladesh. Durga Puja is celebrated for 5 days. The days are called “Mahalaya (5th)”, “Sasthi (6th)”, “Moha Soptomi (7th)”, “Moha Ostomi (8th)”, “Moha Nobomi (9th)” and last day that means Durga Puja is called “Bijoya Dosomi”. Idol of Goddess Durga immersed in river on last day of Durga Puja and with this ritual day of Durga Puja concluded.Ritual of the Durga Puja observed traditionally. Hindu Community organizes different programs. Most of the Hindu people goes temple for worshipping. They visits different temple on Durga Puja and celebrate the day with great enjoyment.

Durga Puja is the biggest and most important festival for Hindu religion in Bangladesh. This day is grandly observed in Bangladesh. Durga Puja makes bonding of people stronger and also socializes them.