Featured Image: File photo of a Durga Idol immersion in Kolkata.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 18 September: BENGAL has put a restriction on immersion of Durga Idols in Kolkata on 23 and 24 October as the dates clash with Muharram.
Going by the almanac, this year Vijay Dashami falls on 22 October when, after offering a three-day puja, the Idols of goddess Durga are traditionally immersed into river. But over the years, many community puja organisers have developed the tendency to perform the ritual even a day or two after Vijay Dashami.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who held a meeting with various Durga Puja committee heads and religious leaders at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Friday evening, made the announcement on restriction on immersion of Durga Idols in the city.
She announced that for household Durga Puja in Kolkata, the immersion of Idols will be on 22 October after the Maha Navami puja is over.
There will be no immersion on 23 and 24 October as Muharram, which is observed by a large section Muslim population in the city, falls on those dates. Allowing the immersion on those two days might lead to traffic congestion and law and order situation.
The immersion of Idols of all community Durga Puja in Kolkata will be from 12 noon on wards on 25 October. The immersion will continue the next day, that is, on 26 October, from 8 am to 2 pm as the Laxmi Puja falls on that day.
The Chief Minister also announced that the state government would extend a donation of Rs 10,000 each to the community Durga Puja organised by women in the city. The donation will be handed over through the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.