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Devotees bid tearful adieu to Goddess Durga
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Devotees participating in a procession taken out for immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga, in Guwahati on Tuesday. – UB Photos
 JALUKBARI, Oct 11 - The immersion process today brought to an end the earthly sojourn of Goddess Durga and her consorts. People in thousands bid adieu to the Goddess as the four-day Durga Puja celebrations came to an end today.

With tears in their eyes, devotees were seen scrambling to touch the Mother Goddess’ feet one last time as her idols were immersed in the Brahmaputra along the Pandu Port.

The immersion process which started around 10 am, continued till 11 pm, said an office-bearer of the Pandu Port Bisarjan Committee. He said idols of about a hundred puja committees would be immersed in a span of two days. While idols of about fifty committees were immersed today, the rest would be immersed tomorrow. The immersion process was continuing in a smooth and peaceful manner till the filing of this report.

The bank of the Brahmaputra wore a festive look despite the slight drizzle, as puja organisers came in colourful processions to the accompaniment of drums, music etc., to immerse idols of Goddess Durga and her four consorts – Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartik.

Many top administrative officials of Kamrup (M) were present at the immersion site. Police personnel manned the riverfront to prevent onlookers from getting too close to the river. Special vigil was maintained near the bank by NDRF, SDRF, River Police, Fire Brigade, Civil Defence, citizens’ bodies etc.

According to the Bisarjan Committee office-bearer, many prizes in categories like most disciplined puja committee, best pratima, best worker, best media coverage etc., would be given on the occasion.

Tomorrow the immersion process will start at 10 am and is expected to end around 8 pm, said the office-bearer.

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