JHARSUGUDA : On the last day of Durga Puja, the Bengali community in Jharsuguda Town bid farewell with the traditional “Sindur Khela” to the Goddess amid festive fervor as idols of Goddess Durga was taken for immersion on Wednesday evening.
On this day, the Bengali women dressed in their traditional attire thronged to the Pandal across the town to perform traditional farewell rituals like ‘Sindur Khela’ (Smearing of Vermilion) which marks the day when Bengali women dressed in traditional dress, smear each other with red vermilion, wishing long life for their husbands and peace and prosperity for their families.
“Every year we apply Sindur at the feet of goddess Durga, seeking her blessings for the long life of our husbands and also enjoy the ‘Sindur Khela’ so that with the blessings of the goddess the coming year is happy for our family,” said a devotee of Kalimandir
“Right in the early morning, we collect flowers and other ingredients like sweets to be used to bid farewell to the goddess Durga.” she added
Similarly, other Puja pandals in the town have planned the immersion in a bigger way, this year Shiv Shakti Mangal Bazaar Puja Committee whose immersion is on the 26th has roped in Star Guest Famous Singer Shahnaz Akhtar along with various other cultural artists for a grand procession.