Saraswati Puja was celebrated yesterday in the city as well as across the country with joy and fervour by the Hindu community.
In the capital, Saraswati Puja was held at Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University, Dhakeshwari temple, Jagannath University, Siddheswari temple, Ram Krishna Mission, Supreme Court premises, Farashganj, Shakhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar and different places of the old town.
Saraswati Puja was also held in Banani, Dhaka College, Eden Girls' College, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka Medical College Hostel, Ram Krishna Mission and Math, Ramna Kali Mandir and Maa Anandamayi Ashram, Tejgaon College, Stamford University, Japan Garden City premises and different educational institutions in the city.
Educational institutions remained closed yesterday on the occasion of of Saraswati puja while businesses, offices and banks remained open.
The day is significant for the students, belonging to the Hindu community, for their pursuit of art and knowledge which Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture, provides. Puja mandaps, temples and a large number of educational institutions have been colourfully decorated.
Many people, particularly students and artists, were seen clad in the traditional basanti (chrome) colour garments in educational institutions and at puja mandaps. But this year white and blue colour clothing was accepted by the traditionalist without grumble.
After the religious rituals of offering puja, students celebrated the occasion in their own way at Jagannath Hall, DMC, BUET and Dhaka College. They danced to music as spectators joined them. This year the presence of visitors has broken all past records.
The occasion was marked by the spontaneous participation of a cross section of people from different religions and some of the puja mandaps turned into human seas.