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DD Bangla, among other Bengali channels to live telecast Durga immersions

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KOLKATA: India's national broadcaster, Doordarshan is likely to live telecast Durga Visarjan (immersion of Goddess Durga) on DD Bangla from 6:15 pm today.

While other regional Bengali channels like 24 Ghanta, Akash Bangla, Star Ananda, Tara News, ETV Bangla, Channel 10, Ne Bangla and Kolkata TV among various other channels apart from covering news will live telecast the Durga Visarjan from Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal from noon till late evening.

Biswa Majumdar, editor-in-chief, Northeast Bangla (Ne Bangla), a Bengali language 24x7 news channel, said: "We will show live Visarjans from noon till late evening. Most of the channels would be busy in covering the immersion as most of the idols will be immersed today as tomorrow is Eid."

Covering teary eyed devotees bidding an emotional farewell as idols of goddess Durga and her four children - Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartik - be to immersed in ponds, lakes and rivers of West Bengal is a touching experience, said a cameraman.

We will invite singers in our studios. We will also go to some celebrity puja and be a part of their home experience, said another reporter.

Married women would be decked in the ritualistic red-and-white sarees marking the event with the customary "Sindoor Khela" or smearing each other and the idols with red vermillion to prepare the goddess and her clan for their long journey home, as dhaaks (traditional drums) plays in the background.

There will be festive look on the banks of the Ganges and other water bodies, with spirited chants of "Bolo Durga Mai Ki Jai" adding to the fervour.

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