Bhubaneswar: Durga Puja celebrations picked up pace in Bhubaneswar with people in colourful clothes seen thronging to pandals in large numbers. The Puja pandals in Bhubaneswar attracted the biggest crowds.
People were also seen shopping in malls and enjoying delicacies at eateries across Bhubaneswar.
Tight security has brightened up the Puja mood with devotees belonging to all age groups visiting the pandals with a sense of security.
Elaborate arrangements have also been made for the smooth movement of traffic in the city. Also, closed-circuit television cameras have been installed to keep a watch on troublemakers at pandals.
International Sand artist Manas Sahoo has made a sand sculpture on the golden sea beach of Puri on the occasion of Durga Puja with a prayer to the goddess for peace and prosperity of India, for the destruction of evil and for the victory of goodness.