Vijaya Dashami celebrated across Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Devotees thronged marquees and community pujas across Odisha to bid adieu to goddess Durga on Friday, the last day of the nine-day celebrations.

With anticipation of homecoming of the deity next year, they participated in the last rounds of prayers and rituals. Devotees were also seen last minute pandal-hopping with family members with great excitement.

As part of the Vijaya Dashami observances, effigy of Ravana, the mythological figure was burnt in many places across the State. In few places like Jeypore, the Ravan Podi celebration was observed yesterday as it coincided with Maha Navami and Vijaya Dashami.

Odisha governor SC Jamir, chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda, union minister Dharmendra Pradhan wished people on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami.

Vijaya Dashami, the culmination of Navratri, symbolises the triumph of good over evil. It celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura who was defeated and slain by her after a nine-night, ten-day long battle.