Vijaya Dashami today, puja festivities come to end

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Published: October 26,2020 12:36 PM
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October 26, 2020: The Durga Puja festivities ended on Monday, the last day of the Durga Puja. Today is Vijaya Dashami, which marks the end of the 4-day Durga Puja.

October 26, 2020: The Durga Puja festivities ended on Monday, the last day of the Durga Puja. Today is Vijaya Dashami, which marks the end of the 4-day Durga Puja. On the day of Vijaya Dashami, Goddess Durga begins her return journey to her heavenly abode.



Before the mother goddess is prepared for Visarjan, women play with red colour and the ritual is known as Sindoor Khela as part of her farewell.



After the Visarjan Puja is conducted, the practice known as Devi Baran or Devi Boron begins where married women, dressed in white saree with red border perform goddess Durga's aarti and then apply sindoor over Maa's forehead and feet.



The goddess is also offered sweets and betel leaves.



Sindoor Khela celebrates the power of Durga—a form of Shakti in her married avatar. Just before she prepares to go back to the heavenly abode with her children—Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya—Sindoor Khela hails the spirit of womanhood where women pray for the longevity of their husband and family.



The Kamrup Metro administration has made arrangements for Durga idol immersion in 5 ghats of Guwahati-Kachamari Ghat, Pandu Ghat, Saukuchi, Chunsali and Basistha. Separate traffic advisory has also been issued.



The government has issued protocols to be followed by both puja committees and the revellers during the Durga Puja. These include mandatory Covid tests for priests and committee members, spacious pandals with open from all sides, adequate space for physical distancing, separate entry and exit gates, mandatory use of face masks for all visitors, use of microphone by priests so that devotees need not come close to him to offer anjali and no distribution of prasad in the pandal or community feasting.



The government also instructed restaurants to close shutters at 10.30 pm and allowed only takeaway food to be served. Besides, pillion riding was banned for males.



According to the epic Ramayana, before attacking Ravana in Lanka to free his wife Sita, Lord Rama had performed Durga Puja in autumn — a time when the gods’ sleep, according to the Hindu religious texts.



The goddess, astride a lion and wielding an array of weapons in her ten hands, stays for four days to eradicate all evil from Earth before returning to her husband Lord Shiva in Kailash on Dashami.



The festival epitomises the victory of good over evil. During Durga Pija, Goddess Durga along with her children Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity), Saraswati (goddess of knowledge and music ) Ganesha (god of good beginnings) and Kartikeya (god of war) are also worshipped.