Jamshedpur, Oct 23: District administration todayassured peaceful immersion of Durga Puja idols. All the civic amenities were in place.
All the 300 Durga Puja committees followed their route to immerse the idols. Dussehra festivities peaked with spectacular scenes of ‘Ravan dahan’ in public maidans on Friday. The nine-day festival of Sharadiya Navratra, including Durga Puja, ended with the immersion of the Devi’s idol.
Married women decked in the ritualistic red-and-white sarees marked the event with the customary “Sindoor Khela” or smearing each other and the idols with red vermillion to prepare goddess Durga and her four children – Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartik – for their return to their heavenly abode in Mount Kailash. Women affiliated to Durga Puja pandals across the city enjoyed the sindoor utsav, particularly in CH Area, Beldih Kali Bari, and G. Town.
Hundreds of devotees, including the young, joined hands in gently lowering the idols into the river. An element of emptiness at the end of the biggest celebration in this part of the country overcame all and sundry.
The immersion ceremony symbolises the end of the goddess’s annual sojourn to her paternal home and she returns to her husband Lord Shiva at their heavenly abode in Mount Kailash. Elaborate security arrangements by city police as well as civic authorities were in place on various ghats of the river to ensure that the immersion of the idols passed peacefully.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal Durga puja committees said that civic amenities like repairing of street lights, roads and cleaning of wastes were in place.
“I along with senior superintendent of police (East Singhbhum) Anoop T. Mathew monitored spot inspection of the puja pandals during immersion . We checked if the puja committees are adhering to the directives issued by the administration,” said East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal.
The announcement by the deputy commissioner also meant that magistrates and police officials deputed in the 25 zones (in terms of police stations) and six super zones (based in terms of clusters of police stations) were present coord to ensure that there is no violation.
City SP Chandan Jha all the puja committees were asked that drunken youths do not accompany their immersion procession on Bijoya Dashami.
“We had warned that if the police gets information about rowdy behavior by youths during immersion ceremony under influence of liquor then legal action would be taken against the guilty youths but this time police will also lodge FIR against president and secretary of the puja committees and also initiate proceeding for cancellation of their puja license,” said city SP.
Dhalbhum SDO Alok Kumar had asked the zonal and super zones magistrates and police officials to coordinate with local urban bodies in ensuring repairing of streetlights and approach roads to Durga puja pandals.
SDO said that water tankers were deputed at local police stations and puja committees coordinated with thana officials or with super zone and zonal officials for availing water tankers to fill their drums kept near the pandals.