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Festivity Marks Durga Puja


Joyous environment of festivities kick started as the five-day long Durga Puja festival began with invocation of the Goddess on 5 October.

 
And the festivities will come to an end on 'Vijaya Dashami' as usual.
 
Across the state people along with friends and families visited the beautiful pandals, which were reverberating with chants of hymns and the sound of gongs.
 
Goddess Maa Durga descended onto the earth on Friday on the occasion of Maha Sasthi.

This year, Maa Durga is being worshipped at 172 pandals in the Capital City and 162 pandals in the Silver City of Cuttack.
The pandals in Cuttack are drawing huge crowd with their gold and silver ornamentation and decoration.
Similarly, the beautiful pandals made on themes replicating the architecture of various famous temples and buildings have also turned out to be major attractions among visitors.
In Keonjhar’s Padmapur Palace, Durga Puja is being celebrated as per the royal traditions. People in large numbers are visiting the royal palace to witness the festival.
A unique ritual of ‘ceremonial cleaning of the swords’ is organized at the palace during the Durga Puja. After the cleaning of the swords and other weapons used during by the Royals during their rule, they are taken on a grand procession.
The palace which remains closed for public throughout the year, is opened during Durga Puja.
In Maa Sarala pitha in Jhankad of Jagatsinghpur, devotees thronged in large numbers on the occasion of Durga Puja.
Maha Ashtami was celebrated at the shrine on Saturday.
Maa Ambika Temple in Baripada received large number of devotees on Saturday.
Similarly devotees thronged to Maa Biraja Temple at Jajpur and other Pithas.
The Twin City Police has relaxed the timings of musical shows during the Durga puja celebrations in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Now, the puja committees can organise musical programmes till 12 AM instead of earlier restriction of 10 PM.
 In Cuttack, the immersion of idols of Goddess Durga will take place on Wednesday, officials said.
The Binod Behari Puja Committee of the city, which determines the timings of different rituals during the festival, has fixed 'Netra Utsav' on Saturday afternoon and 'Sandhi Puja' on Sunday evening.

The 'Tareni puja' will be held on Monday afternoon.

Along with these important rituals, 'Guru Puja', 'Surjya Pujan' and 'Dwarapala Pujan' will be held on all the days of Durga Puja during the morning hours.

Like every year, the pandals have been decorated with colourful lights and welcome arches.

In order to attract revelers, song and other cultural programs will be organised at various puja pandals, on all days of the festival.

Community Puja organized by the Bidanasi Puja Committee has utilized more than 190 kilogram silver worth Rs 1 crore to make the 'chalchitra', while the Chhatra Bazaar Committee has used 250 kilogram silver worth Rs 2 crore to make a 'chalchitra', said a Puja Committee Member.

State Police has made arrangements for security and smooth traffic movement  in major Urban Zones.
 


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