Durga festival ends
Bengal\'s four-day-long extravaganza, the Durga Puja festival, came to an end on Saturday with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her progeny as people celebrated Vijaya Dasami.
Kolkata: Bengal's four-day-long extravaganza, the Durga Puja festival, came to an end on Saturday with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her progeny as people celebrated Vijaya Dasami.
The immersion of idols in the city at the ghats of the Hooghly was made amidst tight security, police said.
The immersion marks the symbolic return of the Goddess and her children to Mount Kailash, the heavenly abode of her husband Lord Shiva, after her annual sojourn on earth.
Around 1700 to 1800 idols were immersed today. The immersion was overseen by speed boats, watch towers and police personnel in strength, police said.
Besides the community pujas, many household pujas were also scheduled for immersion.
However, there would be no immersion tomorrow because of Bakri-Id and it would resume after 8pm on October 6, police said.
Several big budget puja committees have decided to keep their idols for a day to give puja enthusiasts a last chance to have a look at the gorgeous pandals and extravagant lighting.
12 injured in clashes during immersion
Mirzapur: As many as 12 people were today injured as locals, protesting against being stopped from immersing Durga idols in river Ganga, clashed with police which resorted to lathicharge and firing in the air here.
The idol procession from Dunkinganj village was stopped at Pehti crossing in Kotwali area from moving towards Ganga for immersion as per court orders when locals turned irate and started pelting stones in which eight policemen, including a lady policeman were injured, police said. Police resorted to lathicharge to control the situation and fired in the air resulting in injuries to four people including one 18-year-old Krishna who suffered gunshot injuries.