Durga Puja celebrations reach its peak on Mahanavmi

November 14th, 2007 - 2:35 am ICT by admin  
Army officers posted in Srinagar performed “Durga Puja” with special prayers for the return of peace in the valley.

“The ‘puja’ is being performed just as it is done back in my home state of Assam. I feel very much at home with these celebrations. I pray to the Goddess to help us maintain peace,” said Major Vinay.

The soldiers along with their families took part in the celebrations. The priest and the drummers were specially brought from Kolkata for the occasion.

“I like the celebrations here amongst so many people rather than celebrating alone at home. We feel like one family out here,” said Ramei, wife of an army officer.

Devotees in Kolkata celebrated the Mahanavmi with fervour and zeal.

People across West Bengal participated in the festival, offered prayers and danced to the beats of ‘dhak’, a traditional drum.

Devotees said that the Mahanavami ‘Aarti’ (traditional prayers) comes with a mixed feeling for them.

“Today is Navami (The ninth-day of ‘Navaratri’), so we have mixed feelings. On the one hand we are happy about the festival, while on the other hand, there is a feeling that the Goddess will leave us and the celebration will come to an end,” said Nanu Das, a devotee.

Agartala was also immersed in the festive spirit. Apart from the locals, hundreds of devotees from Assam and Bangladesh are visiting the puja pandals.

Devotees throng the puja pandals, which are colourfully decorated with fancy lights.

In Agartala city, nearly 200 pandals have been set up with diverse themes. Prominent and popular among them have been the ones with themes like Hardwar temple, launch pad of NASA’s Space Shuttle, and Jantar Mantar.

The Tripura Government has deployed 2,000 additional security personnel across the State to ensure peaceful celebrations.

Hindus worship Goddess Durga during the month of October. There is a public display of idols in pandals (make-shift tents) and the idols are immersed in the sea, rivers and lakes on the last day of the festival.

Prayers, processions and musical programmes mark the festival, which symbolises the triumph of good over evil. (ANI)

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