DHAKA, BANGLADESH, September 26, 2022 (Dhaka Tribune): Durga Puja preparation is going on in full swing across the country with only four days left for the biggest religious festival of the Bengali Hindu community. The annual five-day Durga Puja celebration will begin with the unveiling of the face of the Deity and Kalparambho on the day of Maha Shasthi on October 1. The festival will end with the immersion of the statues of the Goddess Durga on Bijoya Dashami on October 5. The countdown of Durga Puja began with the celebration of the Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion heralding the advent of Goddess Durga, which was celebrated on Sunday.

Durga Puja will be celebrated at 32,168 mandaps across the country this year including 241 in the capital, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad. In the capital Dhaka, the main puja mandaps are at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramkrishna Mission and Math, Kalabagan, Banani, Shakhari Bazar and Ramna Kali Mandir. Major divisional cities will also witness massive celebration of Durga Puja. Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay statues of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are being set up in temples and Durga Puja mandaps ahead of the celebration. These statues will be worshiped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day. The puja is performed in temples, homes and temporary mandaps.