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MEGHALAYA: Hindus in GH gear up for Durga Puja celebration
TURA | September 30, 2019:
With Durga Puja just a week away, the Hindus in Garo Hills is all set to celebrate this auspicious day with about 71 pandals to adjourn district of West Garo Hills.
The biggest town in Garo Hills, will see 24 puja pandals adorn the entire town with thousands expected to seek blessings from Mother Durga across all 4 days with the last day 'Dashami' being the most looked forward to event for Hindus in the region.
The festival is preceded by Mahalaya (which was yesterday), believed to mark the start of Durga's journey to her natal home. Primary celebrations begin on the sixth day (Shasthi), on which the goddess is welcomed with rituals. The festival ends on the tenth day (Vijaya dashami), when devotees embark on a procession carrying the worshipped clay sculpture-idols to a river, or other water body, and immerse them, symbolic of her return to the divine cosmos and her marital home with Shiva in Kailash.
Speaking on the arrangements for the upcoming festival, the superintendent of police, WGH, Dr MGR Kumar said, "We have held 2 rounds of meetings with the Central Puja Committee (CPC) as well as met up with peace committee members for proper law and order arrangements. Vigilance has also been stepped up with additional forces being deployed in Puja mandaps. Further 'naka' checks and patrolling will also be undertaken."
This year's celebration, in right earnest, will begin from the 6th day (Shasti) and continue over the next 4 days until Vijaya Dashami.