Jamshedpur, October 12: Five-days of celebrations of Durga Puja finally ended as Jamshedpur bid a tearful adieu to the goddess on Tuesday, marking another yearlong wait for her autumnal homecoming.
However, the frenzied immersion ceremony of the idols of Durga, complete with elaborate processions, dance, beating of drums and lusty cheers by youngsters, saw Jamshedpur making most of the carnival. Hundreds of devotees, including the men women joined hands to say �Asche bochor abar hobe� (See you next year).
Special pujas were held as the day progressed. Married women prayed for the well-being of their families. Sweets were distributed as friends and relatives wished “Shubho Bijoya” (Happy Bijoya Dasami) to each other.
With tears in their eyes, devotees were seen scrambling to touch the Mother Goddess� feet one last time as her idols were immersed in the Kharkai and Subarnrekha.
The bank of the Kharkai wore a festive look, as puja organisers came in colourful processions to the accompaniment of drums, music etc., to immerse idols of Goddess Durga.
Steel city witnessed peaceful immersion of idols at rivers ghats. Around 300 idols were immersed on a day which was incident. The Subernarekha river ghats witnessed maximum number of immersions.
Idols in some of the old households of Steel city, which observe the pujas in the traditional way, were immersed early while big budget community pujas of Jamshedpur often choose to immerse the idols a day or two later.
The banks of the Kharkai and Domohani was teeming with people who turned up in groups to watch the grand immersions as chants of “Balo Durga Mai Ki Jay” (Hail, mother Durga) rent the air.
Women shed inhibitions to join the men in dancing wildly to the beating of drums as the idols were immersed.
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.
Magistrates and police officials across 11 blocks and 33 police stations in the district were deployed.
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.
In the morning, married women smeared the goddess and her children with red vermilion and offered sweets and prayed for the well-being of their families and long lives of their husbands.
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 Dhurandhar Singh in Kashidih.
Various puja venues across the city, including the famous ones in Adityapur and Kasidih 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.
Meanwhile, traffic remained heavy on important stretches in the city owing to Dussehra and the idol immersions.
Stretches leading to the various ghats were choked as hundreds of trucks and other vehicles, bearing the idols, headed to the Kharkai and Subarnarekha.
Major roads such as Bistupur main, Sakchi roundabout, kalimati road, Inner circle road and outer circle road witnessed a heavy traffic.
“Anticipating the high turnout today, we had made elaborate arrangements to monitor the traffic situation. There was heavy deployment of traffic personnel in the areas surrounding the major ghats and other places where immersions happen,” a police officer said.
The festivities began with Maha Shashti celebrations as goddess Durga was invoked, setting the mood for five days of revelry and socialization.
On the other hand the Ram Mandir Ravan Dahan Samity in Sonari performed rituals of Raavan Dahan. Viewers enjoyed the legend of good winning over evil once again.