Asche bochor abar hobe
Jamshedpur: Durga Puja, one of the greatest festivals of the city, ended with immersion of idols of Goddess Durga in the rivers all over. Tight security arrangements were made.
Four days of revelry and merriment came to a happy end. Hundreds of devotees, including the men women joined hands to say ‘Asche bochor abar hobe’ (we will await you again next year).
Steel city witnessed peaceful immersion of idols at 12 rivers ghats. In all 308 idols were immersed on a day which was incident free. The Subernarekha river ghats witnessed maximum number of immersions (123 idols).
Police officials said that no untoward incidents have been reported. There was adequate police deployment in the areas and things move smoothly. Law and order machinery was pressed into service with full speed to ensure peaceful conduct of the festival, with additional police force being deployed at several strategic locations.
About 371 magistrates and more than 400 police officials across 11 blocks and 33 police stations in the district were deployed.
Chanting “Bolo Durga Mai Ki, Jai”, people took the giant idols of Goddess Durga from puja venues to the banks of rivers and immersed it after offering prayers. This year around 311 pandals were put up.
Tight security arrangements were made at the river banks of Kharkai and Subarnarekha launches were kept ready to rescue people in case of emergencies, the police said.
People were seen standing in long queues in front of the pandals for their turn for darshan of the Goddess. Huge rush of devotees was seen at the pandals of Jay Ram Sporting Club in Adityapur and Thakur Pyara Singh and Dharundhar Singh in Kashidih.
Various puja venues across the city, including the famous ones in Adityapur and Kashidih saw a large number of people gathering to seek the blessings of the goddess this morning. An adequate number of policemen were deployed across the city to streamline the rush of devotees who were headed towards river banks to immerse the idols.
On the other hand the Ram Mandir Ravan Dahan Samity in Sonari performed rituals of Ravaan Dahan. This year the Ravan was 50 ft high and viewers enjoyed the legend of good winning over evil once again.
The tradition of the dahan, held on the Ram Mandir grounds, first began in 1958. The total budget for this year was Rs 1.25 lakh.