MUSHALPUR, Nov 16 - The 65th Shyama Puja was celebrated from November 10 to 15 at Nikashi Bazar near here. The puja began at 7 am on November 10 with ghat-sthapan that was followed by the opening of the main archway by Phalindra Basumatary, MCLA of Baganpara BTCLA.
The other programmes of the first day included lighting of lamps, Devi amantran, Kalika Sahasranam path, arati, puspanjali, puja, besides dhulia and bhaona shows by Sri Sankaradev Bordhulia Godira, Nalbari and staging of a drama titled Bandi Basudev.
The programmes of other days included Chandipath, dwipdaan, Boli Doityaraj puja, gou puja, Sri Goubardhan puja, bhratri dwitiya, a solo modern dance competition, besides a colourful cultural evening. The idol of Shyama Devi was immersed on the last day of the celebrations.
Meanwhile, the Gorkha community in Baksa district celebrated Tihar festival with traditional fervour. The five-day celebration started with offering of food to crows and dogs, followed by the worship of cows and bulls. Bhratri dwitiya was celebrated on November 13, the concluding day of Tihar, signifying the sweet bond of brothers and sisters.
The traditional dish of sel roti, a round shaped deep-fried delicacy prepared with semi-liquid sweet rice powder, and other dishes were prepared in the households on the occasion and served to the guests.