Swarswati Puja celebrated
Tribune Desk

  • Students of Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University build a statue of Swarswati, the Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, at Jagannath Hall’s pond during Saraswati Puja  
    Photo- MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

Saraswati Puja, one of the main festivals of Hindus, was celebrated in Bangladesh on Wednesday with traditional gaiety, religious festivity and spirit of pursuit of art and knowledge which Goddess Saraswati provides.

In Dhaka, Saraswati Puja was celebrated at Jagannath Hall and at Faculty of Fine Art, Rokeya Hall, Begum Shamsunnahar Hall, Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of University of Dhaka, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka College, Eden Girl’s College, Shakhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar and different places of Old Dhaka, Khilgaon Tilpapara Deb Mandir and different educational institutions.

Students from different departments and institutes of University of Dhaka arranged the puja at 60 Mandaps on the Jagannath Hall playground this year.

In Rajshahi

The people celebrated the Saraswati Puja befittingly through daylong programmes amid huge enthusiasm and due to religious fervour in the divisional city, reports our correspondent.

Puja mandaps, mandirs and a large number of educational institutions were colourfully decorated as hundreds of devotees seek blessings since morning from the `Devi Swaraswati’, the Goddess of knowledge.

In Rajshahi metropolis, a large number of images of Goddess Swaraswati, symbolizing a graceful woman riding on a swan, were erected at different puja mandaps, mandirs and educational institutions.

Particularly, Swaraswati Puja was celebrated at Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi College, Rajshahi Medical College, Teachers Training College, Polytechnic Institute side by side with different educational institutions and many other points and open places in the city.

The celebration also included offering of Devi Aradhona, Pushpanjoli, `archanas’, `anjolis’, `aratis’, distribution of `Prasad’, `Arati Competitions’, cultural functions and staging of drama.

To mark the celebration, Rajshahi University Central Puja Udjapan Parishad (RUPUP) arranged a bani archana programme at central puja modap premises today. Assistant Indian High Commissioner in Rajshahi Avijit Chottopaddhya was present there.

RU Vice-chancellor Prof Mijanuddin addressed the meeting as chief guest with RUPUP President Prof Biswanath Shikder in the chair. RUPUP Adviser Prof Ananda Kumar Shaha, Students Adviser Mijanur Rahman and Proctor Mujibul Haque Azad Khan also spoke.

In Rangpur

A large number of Puja mandaps, mandirs and educational institutions were decorated and hundreds of devotees thronged there to seek blessings of the ‘Devi Saraswati’, the Goddess of knowledge, since this morning.

The devotees, especially students of different educational institutions, attired in traditional colourful dresses, offered special prayers and observed fasting as per ritual of the religious festival to seek knowledge from goddess Saraswati.

In Rangpur divisional city, dozens images of Goddess Saraswati, symbolising a graceful woman, was erected at different puja mandaps, mandirs, educational institutions and makeshift places for worships.

The Puja was celebrated at ‘Sammya Sangaha’ on the Rothbari Road in Mahiganj, Laksmi Narayan Zeu Shiva Mandir, Poresh Nath Mandir, Dharmoshava Ashram, Kalibari Mandir, Guptapara Puja Mandap, Khhatriyo Samity, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur Medical College, Dental College, Begum Rokeya Government College, Technical School and College, Carmichael College, Lions School and College, Samaj Kallyan Biddya Bithi, Koilash Ranjan High School, Afan Ullah High School, Teachers Training College, Rangpur Zila School, Government Girls’ School and many other educational institutions.

The Puja was also celebrated at Guptapara Puja Mandap, Mulatol, Paulpara, Lalbag, Modern Mour, Tazhat, Boiragipara, Machuapara, Kallyanpara, Shalban, Burima Mandir, Textile crossing, Polytechnic Institute and many other places in the city.

It was celebrated through offering ‘Devi Aradhona’, ‘Puspoanjoli’, ‘archanas’, ‘anjolis’, ‘aratis’, ‘Prashad’ distribution, ‘Arati competitions’, discussions, different competitions, cultural functions, staging of drama and distribution of prizes.

Trusty of Hindu Religious Kallyan Trust and President of district unit of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parisahd Advocate Rothish Chandra Bhowmick attended a discussion followed by and prize distribution at the ‘Sammya Sangha’ in the city as the chief guest.

With President of Mahiganj Press club Bablu Nag in the chair, Hindu community leaders Ajay Prashad Babon, Ramakrishna Somani, Banamali Paul, addressed the discussion, among others.

In Chittagong

Different religious, professional and social-cultural organizations organized Bani Archana, discussion meetings, distribution of Prashads, cultural functions and illuminations at temples, educational institutions and other makeshift places for worshipping the goddess.

On the occasion of Saraswati, a large number of devotees including female students converged at the J M Sen Hall premises, the traditional venue of different religious functions of the Hindu community, and offered worships to Debi Saraswati seeking her blessing for knowledge, reports BSS.

Besides, Bani Archanas were held at Chittagong University, City University College, Chittagong Government College, Hazi Mohammad Mohsin College and a good number of educational institutions celebrating the Saraswati Puja.

A series of programmes were held at Ramkrishna Sebasrham in the city with beginning of Puja in the morning followed by Puspanjali, distributions of Prashads and singing religious songs.

During the Saraswati Puja, parents introduced the children to alphabets through ‘Hate Khori’ ceremony.

The priest gives children a pen made of Kans flower and symbolic ink. The children start their formal learning by writing on a clay pot.

Other programmes include drawing competition for children, blood donation, prayers, prize distribution and cultural function.

The festive was celebrated in many other districts including Chapainawabganj, Natore, Naogaon, Bogra, Joypurhat, Pabna, Sirajganj, Madaripur, Bagerhat, Barisal, Khulna, Shariatpur, Narayanganj and Munshiganj districts.

The devotees of Hindu people assembled at the puja mandaps and sought blessings from the Goddess of Learning for education.

The celebration also included offering of Devi Aradhona, cultural functions and staging of dramas at temples, educational institutions and domestic residences in the country.

The puja mandaps and temples were decorated with light and colourful decorative stuffs in celebration of the festival and thousands of devotees sought blessings from the Goddess of Learning. 

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