Devotees Bid Adieu To Maa Durga As Idols Head For Immersion Across The State

Cuttack: Immersion ceremony or Bhasani Jatra of idols of Goddess Durga is underway at different places in the State including at Silver City- Cuttack amid strict adherence to Covid-19 protocol.

The Bhasani Jatra which otherwise used to be a grand event with lights, DJ music and bursting of crackers with crowds jostling for space to watch the idols on the route leading to the artificial ponds created in river beds at different places is a lacklustre event due to Covid restrictions.

In Cuttack, the idols of Goddess Durga and her children on being removed from the pandals were brought to the artificial ponds for immersion at Devigada through the main road with a limited number of office-bearers of Puja committees amid police cordon and strict adherence to Covid guidelines.

Apart from Devigada, five artificial ponds for the immersion of Durga idols have been created in the river beds of Mahanadi and Kathajodi.

It is for the second year Bhasani Jatra has been a lacklustre event due to the Covid pandemic.

Office bearers of Puja committees of the city hoped that the Covid pandemic will end soon and next year they will be able to celebrate the event in a grand manner as earlier.

In view of the Bhasani Jatra and Covid pandemic, an elaborate police arrangement has been made in the city, informed Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh.

“We have made arrangements from the pandal to the immersion pit. Specific time has been allotted to specific pandals for the immersion of idols. Our officers will escort the idol from the pandal to the immersion pit while ensuring that there is on procession en route and no traffic problem,” said Singh.

He added that everything was moving smoothly as per schedule.

The DCP said that 32 platoons of police and other officers have been deployed for the event.

Prateek Singh, DCP, Cuttack