Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The four-day Dussehra celebrations across the Odisha culminated today with ‘Ravana Podi’ - the burning of life-size effigies of demon king Ravana.

The ‘Ravana Podi Utsav’ was marked by attractive display of effigies of the demon king. In the event which signifies triumph of good over evil, the effigy of the demon king were set afire with colourful fireworks at different places in the State.

‘Ravana Podi’ was conducted at Saheed Nagar, Nayapalli, Baramunda and Jharpara areas in Bhubaneswar.

Cuttack also organised ‘Ravana Dahan’ event with great fanfare. A gigantic effigy of Ravan was set afire at Baliyatra ground on the banks of river Mahanadi. Heavy crowd witnessed the event.

Adequate fire safety measures were taken to prevent any possible mishaps during the Puja, especially during ‘Ravana Podi’, said fire department sources. Fire tenders were on standby to meet any eventuality, sources added.

Earlier in the morning, devotees made a beeline to Durga ‘mandaps’ and temples to seek blessings of Goddess Durga on Vijayadashami.

As per traditions, ‘Aparajita puja’, ‘Dashami puja’ and ‘Somanath rituals’ of Goddess followed by ‘Purnahuti’ were performed today to mark the end of Dussehra.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a twitter message prayed for peace, prosperity and progress of the people of the State on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police has made elaborate arrangements for the immersion festival tomorrow.  As many as 30 platoons of force have been mobilised in the Capital city to ensure smooth and peaceful immersion of the idols, DCP Satyabrat Bhoi said adding that artificial ponds have been created on the banks of Kuakhai and Daya rivers for immersion to check water pollution.

Similarly, police have stepped up security in Cuttack for the same. As many as 16 CCTV cameras have been put up at strategic points across the city to keep a close watch on illegal activities, said Cuttack DCP, Akhileswar Singh.

Makeshift ponds have been constructed at Devigada, on the banks of river Kathajodi for immersion of Durga idols. Immersion of idols will begin from morning tomorrow and continue till midnight.