Press Trust of India
DHAKA/KATHMANDU, October 24, 2012 (Press Trust of India): Thousands of Hindu devotees poured on to the streets of Bangladesh on Wednesday joining processions of Goddess Durga, to mark the culmination of four days of revelry and celebration on Vijay Dashmi. Wearing colorful attires, beating drums and chanting mantras, jubilant devotees celebrated with gusto before immersing statues of the Goddess in the Buriganga rivers in the capital Dhaka.
Vijya Dashami is a public holiday in Bangladesh and this year over 28,000 marquees were set up across the country for the celebrations. The Dhakeswari National Temple, the biggest and oldest Hindu temple in the capital, drew the highest number of devotees who marched through the major streets carrying statues to the Buriganga for immersion.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition BNP leader Khaleda Zia greeted followers of the Hindu faith as they celebrated the festival marking the victory of good over evil. "Communal harmony is our glorious history, we must uphold the tradition of interfaith harmony," President Rahman said as he hosted a reception on Wednesday.
In Nepal, too, the festival was celebrated with fervor and hundreds of people visited the residence of President Ram Baran Yadav to get his blessings. Hundreds of loyalists also visited the former king King Gyanendra at his residence to seek his blessings. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, said in a message that durable peace, stability and a new constitution were the common aspirations of all Nepalis and underlined the need to muster support and cooperation from all sides to meet these aspirations.