BY TC News Desk
Agartala, October 14: Mahalaya, the day that marks the end of ‘Pitrah Paksha’ and the beginning of ‘Devi Paksha’, was celebrated with fervour and devotion in Tripura on Saturday. People thronged to the river banks and ponds to offer tarpan, a ritual to pay homage to their ancestors. They also listened to Chandi Path, a recitation of the hymns dedicated to Goddess Durga, who is believed to arrive on this day.
The Lakshinarayan Bari Dighi in Agartala witnessed a huge crowd of people who performed tarpan and prayed for the peace of their departed souls. The small traders in the area also organized a Chandi Path from four in the morning, which was attended by local people and Councilor Ratna Dutta.
The city also saw a lot of enthusiasm and excitement among the people who are eagerly waiting for the Durga Puja festival. The MBB college premises was filled with students and others who took selfies and enjoyed the festive mood. The college students said that they were looking forward to the arrival of the goddess and the celebration of her victory over evil.
The administration has taken strict security measures to ensure the safety and order of the city on this day. Police and traffic police have been deployed in different places of Agartala city. They have set up checkpoints to check the documents of the vehicles and the use of seat belts by the drivers and passengers. They have also fined those who were driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Durga Puja festival will start from October 21 with Maha Saptami and end on October 24 with Maha Dashami. The people of Tripura are hoping for a peaceful and joyous celebration of the festival amid the pandemic situation.