Bhubaneswar: Durga Puja in the twin cities concluded peacefully with lakhs of devotees attending the ‘Bhasani’ (immersion) ceremony that was observed with grandeur on Sunday.
The immersion ceremony took place with tight security and passed without untoward incidents.
The Puja committees in different localities took their idols in a procession and lowered them into the Kathajodi river to bid farewell to the goddess. Roads across the city were crowded with vehicles carrying the idols to join the main procession to the Kathajodi.
For immersion, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation had dug five temporary ponds on the Kathajodi riverbed and prepared them with polythene cover for immersion of all the idols.
Similarly, in Bhubaneswar, the idols were immersed in temporary ponds dug near the Daya and Kuakhai riverbanks after they were taken in processions on three separate routes.
The police had restricted plying of vehicles on the stretch between Vani Vihar Square and Rajmahal Square. Around 150 traffic personnel were deployed along the immersion route to ensure traffic flow was not hampered.