Cuttack: The extravagant ten-day celebrations of Dusshera come to a grand and yet sad end as the Silver City gathers together for Bhasani Utsav or immersion ceremony to bid farewell to Goddess Durga and her children.
Hundreds of idols across the city will be submerged in artificial ponds which were made to avoid pollution of the rivers. Before immersion Maa Durga takes a Sahi Parikrama or ceremonial tour of the area before proceeding in a grand procession to the ponds.
Apart from the respective puja committee members and volunteers, thousands of teary-eyed devotees take part in this melee to say their goodbyes. Now this goodbyes are no silent affair. Even though DJs were banned by Twin City Police Commissionerate, various kinds of drum bands are included in the procession. Traditional dance performers of forms such as Ghoda Nacha, Mayura Nacha too are hired to showcase the rich diversity of Odisha.
Over 150 pandals are part of the immersion ceremony today; many of which have gold and silver ornamentations for Maa Durga and her coterie.
57 platoon of Police force have been deployed with 6 platoons of Rapid Action Force to keep the law and order and traffic situation in control. Additionally, 43 aid-posts have been put up and 16 pushing teams are present to control the rush on main routes. The Cuttack DCP Akhileshvar Singh is personally involved in maintenance of decorum of the whole occasion.