Bhubaneswar: The capital city is all set to celebrate Vijaya Dasami with devotion and traditional fervour today. Celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin, the day marks the end of the Maha Navratri or the nine days of Durga Puja.
It is commonly referred to as the festival of good vs evil since it symbolizes the defeat of Ravana by Lord Ram. The festivity also marks the beginning of the harvest season and prayers are said and rituals are observed to invoke blessings from Mother Earth for a good harvest, peace and prosperity to all.
Today on Dusshera (which comes from ‘dash’ or ten, and ‘hara’ meaning defeat), as many as 13 effigies of the ten-headed demon-king Ravana, would be burnt in the capital city. The celebrations will be huge at five places namely Baramunda, Nayapalli, Ganga Nagar, Jharpada and Rasulgarh. This would also be followed by spectacular display of fireworks.
Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made by the Commissionerate Police to maintain law and order and ensure smooth movement of vehicles and avoid congestions.
Lakhs of devotees visited the puja pandals as the Durga puja festivity reached its peak on the occasion of Navami on Tuesday. Dandiya nights arranged at a number of hotels in the city has added more vibrancy to the festivity.
Source: 360 NS