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'Immersion', 'Worship', ‘Sidoor Khela’, 'Vijaya Dashami' marked end of Durga Puja 2019 : Voice echoed with popular Bengali phrase ‘আসছে বছর আবার হবে’
TIWN Oct 8, 2019
'Immersion', 'Worship', ‘Sidoor Khela’, 'Vijaya Dashami' marked end of Durga Puja 2019 : Voice echoed with popular Bengali phrase ‘আসছে বছর আবার হবে’
PHOTO : Immersion of Goddess Durga at Dasamighat, Agartala. TIWN Pic Oct 8, 2019

AGARTALA, Oct 8 (TIWN): Amid sadness for end of festival days, with hope for a better Durga puja next year, Tripura has said ‘goodbye’ to Goddess Durga for this year. Throughout the immersion process of Durga idols echoes heard with the much popular phrase of “আসছে বছর আবার হবে” (next year again to celebrate this day with full enthusiasm. With tight security arrangements, marking the formal conclusion of biggest festival- Durga Puja, the immersion worship (Vijaya Dashami) to Goddess Durga has been started in Tripura on Tuesday morning. To mark this occasion, teary eyed devotees bade an emotional farewell to the idols of goddess Durga. People from different community thronged Durga puja pandals to offer their tributes to the goddess on the last day of the five-day long festivity.

 A vast number of married women decked in the ritualistic red-and-white sarees marked the event with the customary "Sindoor Khela" or smearing each other and the idols with red vermilion to prepare the goddess and her clan for their long journey to home, as dhaaks (traditional drums) played on in the background.The unique part about this year's Durga Puja is that the ninth and 10th day – Maha Navami and Vijaya Dashami – fall on the same day.

Devotees offered sweets to the goddess and prayed for peace and prosperity of their families. There will be a festive look on the bank of the river Howrah at Dashamighat and other water bodies, with spirited chants of "Bolo Durga Mai Ki Jai" adding to the fervour. Children, the young and the elderly would join hands to slowly put the idols into the water as they wished for her return next year.

According to the ritual, Idol of Prabhu Bari will be the first and second is Durga bari for immersion at Dasamighat.  After that some of the puja committees would immerse the goddess in ponds, lakes and rivers of Tripura on Vijaya Dashami friday.

Though the Vijaya Dashami marked formal ending of biggest festival Durga puja, the big budget puja committees like Bharat Ratna Club, Ramthakur Sangha, Netaji Play Forum, Santikami Sangha, Polestar Club including many others would immerse the idols of goddess Durga and her four children after two or three days to draw more gathering.

The Durga puja committees of the Capital have planned a grand immersion ceremony this year by preparing an immersion guideline. To avoid any untoward incident and to ensure a peaceful end to the festival, police has made massive security arrangements, said a senior police official. 

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