Saraswati Puja

  • A statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education, is displayed at a pond at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education, is displayed at a pond at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Students pray to Saraswati, the goddess of learning, at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Students pray to Saraswati, the goddess of learning, at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Students pray to Saraswati, the goddess of learning, at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Students pray to Saraswati, the goddess of learning, at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Hindu priests present children with writing materials while reading mantras during the Saraswati Puja. They begin their official schooling through their introduction to the alphabet. The practice is known as Hatekhori. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Hindu priests present children with writing materials while reading mantras during the Saraswati Puja. They begin their official schooling through their introduction to the alphabet. The practice is known as Hatekhori. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Hindu priests present children with writing materials while reading mantras during the Saraswati Puja. They begin their official schooling through their introduction to the alphabet. The practice is known as Hatekhori. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Hindu priests present children with writing materials while reading mantras during the Saraswati Puja. They begin their official schooling through their introduction to the alphabet. The practice is known as Hatekhori. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Hindu devotees celebrate Saraswati Puja, one of the largest religious festivals, on Sunday. Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall is one of the most popular venues for the puja. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Hindu devotees celebrate Saraswati Puja, one of the largest religious festivals, on Sunday. Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall is one of the most popular venues for the puja. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, wisdom and learning. Many of those who came to pray before her image at Jagannath Hall are students. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, wisdom and learning. Many of those who came to pray before her image at Jagannath Hall are students. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Devotees pray at the puja grounds at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Devotees pray at the puja grounds at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Devotees pray at the puja grounds at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Devotees pray at the puja grounds at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A student prays to Saraswati, the goddess of learning, at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A student prays to Saraswati, the goddess of learning, at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Education Minister Dipu Moni visits a venue for worship at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall for Saraswati Puja on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Education Minister Dipu Moni visits a venue for worship at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall for Saraswati Puja on Sunday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A Saraswati Puja altar is set up on Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall field. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Various departments at the university have built their own puja altars on the Jagannath Hall field at Dhaka University. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Various departments at the university have built their own puja altars on the Jagannath Hall field at Dhaka University. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Various departments at the university have built their own puja altars on the Jagannath Hall field at Dhaka University. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Various departments at the university have built their own puja altars on the Jagannath Hall field at Dhaka University. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Various departments at the university have built their own puja altars on the Jagannath Hall field at Dhaka University. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Various departments at the university have built their own puja altars on the Jagannath Hall field at Dhaka University. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove