Five-day Durga Puja celebrations begin in Bangladesh | APN News Five-day celebrations of Durga Puja the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community in Bangladesh began on Sunday across the country amidst festivity and religious fervour. Special prayers and pujas were held to mark the arrival of Goddess Durga on Maha Shashti day. This year 28,000 mandaps have been set up in different parts of Bangladesh to celebrate Durga Puja. AIR correspondent reports, Dhaka is wearing a festive look with exquisitely designed and decorated pandals installed with beautiful idols of Godess Durga to celebrate Durga Puja. The pandals reverberated with the sound of ringing bells, drum beats and blowing of conches as special pujas were held to mark the first day of the festival. A large number of devotees visited the 199 pandals set up in Dhaka city to seek the blessings of the divine Goddess. Securty has been beefed up in the city and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police have taken adequate steps to prevent any untoward incidents during the festival period.