09 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Devotees in the Temple City offered a teary-eyed farewell to Maa Durga as hundreds of idols of the Godesses were ferried in processions for immersion. The banks of rivers Kuakhai, Daya and Bhargavi wore a festive look as people from all walks of life joined the colourful immersion processions.
Thousands of devotees, cutting across all ages and social barriers, joined hands in the grand immersion ceremony which comprised more than 170 Durga Puja 'medhas'. The atmosphere was electrified with a mystic blend of holy chants and trendy DJs.
A large number of people came alongwith the processions and others joined midway. There were three assemblage points in the city - Chandrasekharpur, Nayapalli and Saheed Nagar. The puja committees at these places flagged off the ceremony after felicitating all the participating committees.
There was a festive spirit all around. People were ecstatic, yet there was a discipline among the merry-makers who danced their way to the artificial ponds on the river ghats. Needless to say, the Commissionerate of Police made watertight security arrangements to check any untoward incident.
As the processions neared the ghats, all of a sudden the atmosphere turned gloomy. The devotees were teary-eyed, and consoling themselves while bidding adieu to Maa Durga.
The idols were gently lowered into the water bodies in the midst of puja and recitations, marking an end to the - five-day Durga Puja, Navaratri for many and the overall Dussera festival in Bhubaneswar.