Kolkata, Aug 24, 2017: As the Muharram scheduled a day after Durga Puja this year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered the stalling of immersion of Durga idols in water bodies post 6 pm on Dashmi.
The order will remain in effect until October 1. The immersion will be resumed from October 2.
Addressing a large meeting of Durga Puja organisers, leaders of the Muslim community and other religions, the West Bengal CM said “No idol immersion after 6 pm on Dashami (Sept 30) till Oct 1 due to Muharram processions, immersion will resume from Oct 2.”
Muharram will be observed this year on October 1. The Chief Minister said that immersion can take place on October 2,3 and 4. Banerjee’s directive may upset the Hindu outfit, though she had issued a similar order last year. The 2016 order was, however, stayed by the Kolkata High Court.
Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that it will approach the court against the chief minister’s order.
Durga Puja celebration is very popular in West Bengal and it starts with the first day of Ashvin month and lasts up to its tenth day. During the festival, the Puja Pandals dot the entire state and idols of Goddess Durga are placed for worship.