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Shot taken during immersion of Durga Idol......

Immersion of Durga idols in river Ichhamati on Vijayadashmi -A challenge for District Administration
Ichamati River (ইছামিত নদী) is a trans-boundary river which flows through India and Bangladesh and also forms the natural boundary between the two countries. At the end of Durga Puja , on Vijaya Dashami, the river offers a unique spectacle when boats crammed with people from both countries converge to immerse their respective idols. Boats of all shapes and sizes can be seen on the river, as far as the eye can see — each one flying the flag of its respective country. It is the only day during the year when border patrolling is relaxed and people can cross over to the other side of the river. Border Security Force and Bangladesh Border Guard keep on vigil by patrolling in boats. In previous years organizer of both the countries used to cherish the immersion ritual amidst relaxed restrictions to facilitate people of the two neighbouring countries to mingle with each other freely and greet “Subha Bijoya” to each other. While earlier, after immersing their idols, people could even disembark from their boats on the other side, restrictions imposed by border officials in the last few years has put an end to this practice. In Taki and adjacent areas of Hasnabad Block, the midstream of Ichhamati is the International Boundary (IB). Here the river stretches about 600-800 meter. The conventional spots of immersions are within a span of 3.5km-4 km ,ranging from Sodepur Point to the T shaped trijunction confluence of river Dasa with Ichhamati. On the other side of Taki Municipality territory remains the Debhatta Upa Zilla within Satkhira District of the Republic of Bangladesh.

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