According to information, most of the Puja Pendals conducted the ritual today, the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, birthday of Lord Krishna. They lifted soil from the Kathajodi and Mahanadi River banks after conducting puja for making main idols of Goddess Durga and Shiva Parvati. The millennium city has of over 70 Puja Pandals.
It may be noted that Durga Puja is conducted in the city amid much religious fervour, pomp and serenity every year. However, the age-old tradition of Devi Puja was conducted sans participation people for the last two years in view of Covid pandemic.
Both denizens of the city and people of the State are hopeful that they would have the chance of celebrating the Dussehra this year.
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