Apart from the frenzy of the grand finale, the last day of Dasara or Vijayadashami is usually associated with a gusty spell of rain. The lasting image though, in most minds, is of thousands of Bengalis dancing on the streets as they head towards the Ulsoor lake along with the idols of their beloved deity Goddess Durga.
But it was a dry day and a clear blue sky that greeted revellers, who accompanied the idols headed for immersion on Wednesday. “The rain adds vitality to the final ceremony every year. We would have enjoyed more if it had rained. It’s all the will of the goddess,” said P. Sudheer (20), a salesman.
Parindra Jha, a priest said, “The Durga idol looks even better when there is rain. But we’re still enjoying the day.”
Guided by the sounds of the traditional dhak (drum), hundreds of revellers danced their way to Ulsoor lake. Each of the 60 puja committees in the city had also arranged for dozens of open trucks to take the revellers to the lake.
The convoys passed through the main roads of the city such as M.G. Road and Infantry Road, with the revellers shouting, “Bolo Durga Mai ki…Jai”.
At the lake, a large crane had been provided by the civic authority to help in the immersion of the idols. As the crane began scooping up the idols, cheers could be heard by the jubilant crowd who were given a rare view of their idols in mid-air. The crowd dispersed while chanting “Aasche Bochor Abar Hobe” (The festival will be back again next year).