Bhubaneswar: Thousands of devotees thronged Durga Puja pandals across the twin cities on Friday to have a darshan of goddess Durga on the occasion of Navami.
The Puja pandals in Bhubaneswar that attracted the biggest crowds were Nayapalli, Rasulgarh and Jharpada.
Similarly, big crowds also converged at several pandals in Cuttack, where the idols of the goddess have been decorated with silver and gold.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful and smooth celebrations in the twin cities to maintain law and order.
Apart from police, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and Quick Action Team have also been kept on the standby.
Elaborate arrangements have also been made for the smooth movement of traffic in the twin cities. Also, closed-circuit television cameras have been installed to keep a watch on troublemakers at pandals.