Issuing an order against the immersion of Durga idols on Dashami, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said “This year Durga Puja and Muharram fall on same day. Except 24 hour period on Muharram day, immersions can take place on October 2, 3 and 4”, the West Bengal CM said on Wednesday night.
No idol immersion after 6 pm on Dashami (Sept 30) till Oct 1 due to Muharram processions, immersion will resume from Oct 2: WB CM M Banerjee pic.twitter.com/VMVuTBRlyy
— ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2017
In a similar move last year, the West Bengal government had issued restrictions on idol immersion with Vijaya Dashami being celebrated just a day ahead of Muharram on October 13.
However, the government’s decision was rebuked by the Calcutta High Court terming it “arbitrary” and a “clear endeavour” by the State to “appease the minority section of the public”.
Durga Puja celebration is very popular in West Bengal and it starts with the first day of Ashvin month and lasts up to its tenth day. During the festival, the Puja Pandals dot the entire state and idols of Goddess Durga are placed for worship. Every year, the state witnessed innovative big and small Puja Pandals that attract visitors in large numbers.
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Both locals as well tourists come to visit the pandals and offer prayers to the deity. Post the festivity, the puja organizers immerse the idols into water bodies. It generally starts with Dashmi, falling on September 30. But this year, it will be stalled after 6 pm and will only be resume after October 1 post culmination of Muharram.