Kolkata: The day began with prayers, as the rituals started off with “pran pratistha” where the deity was symbolically endowed with life. Sasthi is the sixth day of Devi Pakhsha and marked the formal beginning of Durga Puja in Bengal. Bodhan are performed on Sasthi. The ‘Bodhon’ rituals include the unveiling of the face of the idol. Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas are the important rituals of Sasthi.
Thousands of revelers decked up in their best hit the streets of the metropolis and the districts of West Bengal. Invigorating beats of “dhaak” set the pace for the rest of the day. Through “pran pratistha”, the spirit of Durga as a warrior goddess is awakened, and she starts her battle against the manifestation of all evils in the shape of Mahishasura.
People from the metropolis, the Bengal villages are geared up from this day. Roads are choked with human traffic throughout the day and night. Additional policemen have already been deployed from Chaturthi in Kolkata onwards for both crowd and traffic management during the Durga Puja.
Senior police officers were also on the roads to control the situation so that commoners do not face any sort of inconvenience. The police have not allowed pedestrians to walk on the roads that could lead to traffic congestion. Unlike other time of the year, everyone has to cross the road from an identified area at intersections.