Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu Community, began across the country on Friday through bodhon (incarnation) of goddess Durga.
The annual festival began through Mahashashthi Puja and will end with the immersion of the goddess’ idols on Bijoya Dashami on October 11.
The main Durga Puja mandaps in the city were installed at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramna Kali Temple, Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall, Ramakrishna Mission, Anandamayi Ashram and Loknath Brahmachariya Ashram.
As part of the festival, Mahasaptami will be held on Saturday while Mahaastami on Sunday, Mahanabami on Monday and Mahadashami on Tuesday.
This year puja is being celebrated at some 29,500 mandaps across the country, including 229 in Dhaka city, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.
Last year, the number was 29,074, including 229 in the capital.
Different TV channels and radio stations broadcast special programmes while the national dailies publish special supplementary on the occasion.
According to Hindu faith, goddess Durga comes down to the earth from the heaven to establish peace, harmony by annihilating evil forces.
Meanwhile, stringent security measures were in place in the capital for smooth celebrations of Durga Puja.
Several thousand policemen and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members remained deployed in the capital to ensure that the Hindu community members celebrate the Durga Puja without any hassle.
Ansar members were deployed alongside policemen in every puja mandap across the country in order to ward off any untoward incident and members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) are patrolling alongside police forces in the districts adjacent to the border.