SILCHAR, Sept 19 - After a intolerable spell of scorching heat for the past few days, people in Silchar and elsewhere in Barak Valley woke up to a comfortably pleasant dawn to welcome Mother Goddess Durga and witness the annual homecoming on Mahalaya.
While Chandipath in the baritone voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra was aired on radio, like yesteryears, all roads led to the bridge over river Barak at Sadarghat which was teeming with a sea of people of all ages who thronged to enjoy the commencement of the festive days.
People were also seen performing the tarpan ritual to offer prayers to their forefathers at river Barak. Cachar Police had made elaborate arrangements for ensuring safety on the bridge which is relatively vulnerable.
Meanwhile in a first of its kind initiative, the Cachar district administration arranged tea and biscuits for the revellers. Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan, who was seen taking part in the initiative, greeted the people on the occasion and congratulated the officials of the district administration for such a noble step. ADC BC Nath and other officials said that they are happy to reach out to the people.