Jamshedpur, Oct 16: Five-day long Durga Puja ended with immersion of idols of Goddess Durga in the rivers all over. Tight security arrangements and Covid-19 protocols were in place.
Devotees, including the men women joined hands to say ‘Asche bochor abar hobe’ (See you next year).
Steel city witnessed peaceful immersion of idols at 12 rivers ghats. In all 350 idols were immersed on a day which was incident free. The Subernarekha river ghats witnessed maximum number of immersions (123 idols).
The administration had deployed police, Rapid Action Force ( RPF) and personnel from the district unit of Civil Defence and urban civic bodies were also deployed to monitor the immersions.
Officials of Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti (JDPKS ), the apex body which monitors Puja in the steel city, were also present at the river ghats.
Subernarekha Ghat at Sakchi witnesses the maximum number of immersions followed by Pandey Ghat at Bhuiyandih , Domuhani Ghat at Sonari, Kapali Ghat also in Sonari , Dimna Ghat at Mango, Bodhanwala Ghat at Bistupur , Sati Ghat at Kadma and Baroda Ghat at Bagbera.
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 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.
Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer (SDO) Sandeep Kumar Meena said the administration had deputed magistrates and deployed police to escort the processions to ensure that immersions were completed at the earliest.
He said they had deployed divers for any emergency. District civil surgeon A. K. Lal also deputed medical teams at major ghats. Watch towers controlled by police and district administration were also constructed at Sakchi and Subernarekha river ghat .
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.