Durga Puja: Devotees throng Puja pandals to offer prayers to goddess on Maha Saptami

Shillong October 5: In Meghalaya, Durga Puja celebrations which started on day one on Friday, saw devotees offering prayers to goddess on Maha Saptami on Saturday, the second day of Puja celebration.

Durga Puja or Durgotsava is a five-day celebration that began on October 4, and will conclude on October 8 with the immersion of idols.

Puja pandals with idols of Goddess Durga have been set-up for devotees to come and offer prayers to the goddess.

The Durga Puja celebration kick started in Meghalaya on October 2, with the “Get Together of Harmony” organized by Central Puja Committee (CPC).

There are 242 Community Durga Puja in Meghalaya which include 118 in Khasi Hills districts, 14 in Jaiñtia Hills and 110 in Garo Hills districts.

The five days Durga Puja celebrations include Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami.

Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy and Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma have conveyed their greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Durga Puja.

“On the happy occasion of Durga Puja, I convey my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of Meghalaya. I hope that this joyous festival, which signifies the triumph of good over evil, will be celebrated with gaiety and will usher in greater peace and prosperity in our State of Meghalaya,” the Governor said in his message.

Similarly, the Chief Minister in his message said, “On the joyous occasion of Durga Puja, I convey my heartiest greetings and best wishes to the citizens of Meghalaya particularly the Hindu community. Let the festivities remind us of a sense of responsibility to bring people together in harmony through the universal relationship of peace, love, hope and brotherhood and usher in greater prosperity and happiness.”

Elaborate security arrangement has been made by the district administrations in view of the celebrations. The CPC has also made arrangements in collaboration with the district administrations across the state, and appealed to all to avoid using plastics and other plastic materials in order to protect the environment.