Bhubaneswar: Holi, the festival of colours was celebrated on Friday with fun and fervor. Vibrant red, blue, green, yellow and pink colours spread joy and merriment across the people in the State.
Both the young and old were seen engaged in throwing colours on each other. Apart from this buckets full of coloured water were squirted through pichkaris.
People exchanged sweets and greeted each other.
In Puri, the festival – called ‘Dola Jatra’ marked by placing the idols of Krishna and Radha on a picturesquely decorated palanquin, which is carried by devotees around the town was celebrated on Thursday.
However the celebrations turned tragic as four revellers died at different places across the State and five other were injured in a group clash in G Udayagiri in Kandhmal district.
As per reports, two persons, drowned in the river who had gone to Koel river near Rourkela to have bath after the Holi. While only one dead body has been recovered by the firemen and the second body is still to be recovered.
In two similar incidents one person drowned in a pond in Jajpur road and another drowned in Puri canal near Naharkanta on the outskirt of the capital city.
At other places across the State, Holi passed off peacefully with no untoward incident being reported, sources said.
The festival is associated with the legend of demon king Hiranyakashyapu whose son, Prahlad was a devotee of Vishnu. It symbolises victory of good over evil and is one of the most prominent Hindu festivals.