All shops and commercial establishments remained closed in the city while vehicles were off the road in view of the dawn to dusk bandh.
However, all essential services have been exempted during the bandh.
The BJP workers were seen sitting on the road at major chhaks in the city despite continues rain, demanding the withdrawal of restriction on the Durga idol height.
“When Covid situation has improved in the State and the Government has allowed the opening of all religious institutions and business establishments across the State why it has issued certain restrictions on the observance of Durga Puja,” senior BJP leader Sameer Dey said.
“Resentments among people over the guidelines issued by the Odisha Government, particularly limiting the height of Goddess Durga idols to 4 feet, is growing day-by-day. The voice of protest against such guidelines which will hurt the 1000-year-old tradition is getting louder in the city,” he added.
The puja committees and the Cuttack city peace committee have decided to approach Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and seek his personal intervention on the restriction on the height of Duga idols.
Notably, The State Government has issued directions stating that no public will be allowed to participate in the puja pandals or mandaps. Only seven persons including priests, organisers and support staff will be allowed in puja pandals or mandaps. Furthermore, the idols of Maa durga should not be more than four feet of height.
Meanwhile, normal life was affected at various places of the State due to the incessant rains lashing the state for the past 24 hours, which inundated several low-lying areas and caused flash floods in some rivers.