Lakhs of people join Durga idol immersion at Cox's Bazar beach Durga Immersion
Photo: Collected Lakhs of people gathered at Cox's Bazar beach during Durga idol immersion

Lakhs of people join Durga idol immersion at Cox's Bazar beach

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 06 Oct 2022, 12:57 pm

Own Correspondent, Dhaka, Oct 6: In the world's longest Cox's Bazar beach, the idols of people from the Hindu community have been immersed on a large scale with the participation of lakhs of people. However, apart from the Hindu community, people from all communities, including local and foreign tourists, have been seen in this immersion of Durga immersion.

On Wednesday (October 5), Hindu devotees immersed Goddess Durga at Labani Point on the beach on Bijaya Dashami, the last day of autumn Durga Puja. As in the past, this time too, the devotees of the Hindu religion celebrated it with great enthusiasm.

Idols started arriving with processions from Naikshyongchari besides Cox's Bazar Sadar, Ukhia, Teknaf, Sadar, Eidgah, and Choufaldandi in the district from 2 pm on Wednesday to Labani point of the beach around the idol immersion ceremony. The beach venue is filled with idols. Cox's Bazar District Puja Celebration Parishad organized a programme at Labani Point from 3 pm.

The last worship of the devotees around the Durga idol was placed on the sand of the beach till about 5 pm. Not only that, dancing and singing created a different kind of joyful atmosphere on the longest beach in the world. Lakhs of people including tourists from different parts of the district gathered around the event.

The organizers said that hundreds of idols from different upazilas are being sacrificed at the Labani point of the beach alone. At the same time, Idols were immersed in Ramur's Bankkhal River in Cox's Bazar, Matamuhuri in Chakria, Sagar and Nafnadi in Teknaf, Inani Beach in Ukhia and Rejundi. Separate idol worship was held at Ramu and Chakaria.

Journalist Balram Das Anupam, General Secretary of Cox's Bazar Sadar Upazila Puja Udjakar Parishad, said that our special prayer to Mother Durga was to save people from natural calamities.

At around 3:30 pm, the immersion ceremony began at the open stage at Labani Point on the beach. State Minister for Education Barrister Muhibul Hasan Chowdhury Naufel was the chief guest at the event under the chairmanship of Ujjal Kar, President of Cox's Bazar District Puja Celebration Parishad and moderated by General Secretary Bentu Das.

Bentu Dash, General Secretary of the District Puja Celebration Committee, said that puja was celebrated at 305 pandals in the district this year. Out of this, 80 percent of the idols have been immersed at Cox's Bazar beach.

Ujjal Kar, President of the District Puja Udjakar Parishad, said that this is the biggest idol worshiping ceremony in the country. As the weather is favorable, lakhs of people including local and foreign tourists have gathered here this year as well. Last year, due to the corona pandemic, this festival could not be widely celebrated.