Traditional Baruni Festival in Dinajpur

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Several thousand Hindu devotees of all ages gathered on the banks of the Dhepa River near the Chibuka Temple for the festival

The three day long traditional Baruni Snan (Baruni bath) in Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur district ended on Sunday amidst religious festivity.

Several thousand Hindu devotees of all ages gathered on the banks of the Dhepa River near the Chibuka Temple for the festival.

They bathed in the river to purify their souls and pray for the salvation of their forefathers.

The festival is held every year marking Shiva Chaturdashi (worship of God Shiva) on the dark fortnight of the 14th of the Bangla month of Falgun. 

Devotees observed fasting and recited hymns, offering flowers to seek the blessings of Shiva at Chibuk Temple.

A fair was also organised during the festival where several makeshift shops were installed to sell traditional and rural food items, and earthen, bamboo, and wooden goods.

Chibuka Temple Management Committee President Dulal Chandra Roy said: “We worship God Shiva every year as he saves mankind from evil.”