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Devotees Bid Tearful Adieu To Goddess Durga

**Bhubaneswar**: Teary-eyed devotees bade an emotional farewell as idols of goddess Durga and her children were immersed in a colorful and ebullient way here on Wednesday ending the five-day long festival.

Hundred of idols were immersed in Kuakhai and Daya rivers after roaming the city streets in grand processions with traditional Ghanta, Khola, Ghodanacha accompanied by lights, sound and band parties organised by the members of different puja committees.

The immersion ceremony (Bhasani Yatra) was observed peacefully in the city. Thousands of devotees including people from outside the district gathered at Rajmahal Square and on the riverbanks to see the idols of goddess Durga for the last time before immersion.

People irrespective of caste, creed and age participated in the procession in which puja committees took out the idols mounted on vehicles around the city along with dance by masked performers.

In Bhubaneswar, total 174 puja committees participated in the immersion procession. The idols were immersed in three artificial ponds – constructed near banks of Kuakhai, Daya and Bhargavi rivers – created by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.

Besides, 30 platoons of police personnel would be deployed at various points in the capital city to maintain law and order and regulate the crowd. For this, 12 top police officials, including five DCP rank officers, would oversee the security arrangement.

Members of Quick Action Team (QAT), Special Operation Group (SOG), anti-terror squad and plain-clothed personnel would also be on duty to deal with any possible eventuality, police sources said.

Similarly, in Cuttack, total 157 puja committees participated in the procession.

The Cuttack Municipal Corporation had created two artificial ponds near Kathajodi river and one at Mahanadi river for the idol immersion.

QAT, SOG and striking force personnel would also be deployed besides 64 platoons of police personnel in Cuttack for the immersion festival, police sources said.

Durga Idols Being Immersed Into Makeshift Ponds In Bhubaneswar

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