Kolkata celebrates final day of Durga Puja with fervour

Kolkata celebrates final day of Durga Puja with fervour

On Vijaya Dashami, the final day of Durga Puja, scores of revellers bid the city’s most beloved goddess a tearful adieu as hundreds of idols were immersed in the Hooghly River amid tight security on Saturday.

It is believed that the goddess Durga, along with her consort Shiva, will return to the home of her in-laws high up in the Kailash mountains to spend the rest of the year.

Five days of night-outs and festivities that started on September 30 came to an end as thousands of devotees and revellers watched idols of Durga and her four children being immersed in the Hooghly amid chants of “Aaschhe bochhor abaar hobe (Come back again next year)”. The immersion ritual was supervised by the city police, along with personnel from the state civil defence department, civic body officials, the Kolkata Port Trust and River Traffic Police, as speed boats of the Navy kept a watch from the river.

The day started with the traditional sindoor khela ceremony, where married as well as unmarried women dressed in the traditional red-and-white saree applied red vermillion on each other’s faces and forehead. 

For married women, this is a sign of their marital status, whereas for others, it is practised so that they may get a good husband.At the end of the ceremony, the women also offered sweets and flowers to the goddess as per tradition, seeking her blessings. 

Household Durga idols, however, had made their way to the banks of the river on Friday as the Hindu almanac suggested that Nabami and Dashami had fallen on the same day. 

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