Puja celebrates at the 170-year-old Durga temple along Indo-Bangladesh border
By Hemanta Kumar Nath, 05/10/2019, Guwahati

The villagers of Manikpur area in Assam’s Karimganj district along Indo-Bangladesh border have celebrated the Durga Puja every year at a special Durga temple which is located in the Bangladesh side.The puja is conducted at the Durga temple, which old-timers claim was built more than 170 years ago. After independence, the temple fell into East Pakistan (today’s Bangladesh) territory and it is on the other side of the barbed wire fencing on the Indian side.

But the barbed wire fence and the boundary does not dampen the spirit for conducting Durga Puja . According to the locals of Manikpur village – a border village of Assam’s Karimganj district said that, earlier the Border Security Force (BSF) didn’t allow the villagers to perform puja rituals by crossing the boundary. “In 2012, some BSF personnel were seen a dream that, Durga Puja was performed at that temple located in the Bangladesh territory

Even the BSF personnel didn’t know that, a Durga temple was located nearby the boundary. Following that incident, the BSF personnel asked some local villagers about the Durga temple. After that, the BSF allowing us to perform puja at the special Durga temple by crossing the boundary every year,” a villager of Manikpur area said.