Bhubaneswar: People in large number were seen in front of the shops selling clay lamps, candles, fancy light, firecracker and sweet across the state today, as denizens dipped in fervour to welcome Deepavali – the festival of light.
The religious town Puri also witnessed a sea of devotees, as they took part in the ‘Bada Badua Calling’, a special ritual performed in front of the ‘Lion Gateway’ (Singha Dwara) of the Sri Jagannath temple. The ritual is performed to honour the ancestors by burning jute sticks while pointing them towards the sky to invite forefathers to descend from Heaven and bless them.
Some others offered ‘Paya Shradha’ (homage to ancestors) on the Twenty Two Steps (Baisi Pahacha) of the Srimandir.
People in the capital city also reached Bindusagar Lake in Bhubaneswar to offer special puja to their descendants on Kartik Amavasya.
Sand Animator Manas Kumar Sahoo created a sand sculpture at Puri sea beach with message ‘No crackers. Let’s celebrate a pollution-free Diwali’.