Bhubaneswar: Festive mood gripped Odisha as people across the state are today celebrating Dussehra festival.
Devotees in large numbers thronged Durga Puja pandals to have darshan of the deity. Special arrangements have been made by local administrations for smooth darshan of Goddess Durga at the pandals.
On the other hand, several Durga Puja committees have geared up for the Rabana Podi (burning of effigies of Rabana) event to be held this evening/ tonight.
In Bhubaneswar, permission has been granted to six puja committees– Jharpada, Baramunda, Naharkanta, Koradakanta, Chhatabara and Tamando– for conducting Rabana Podi.
Dussehra marks the victory of good over evil. The festival commemorates Lord Rama’s triumph over the demon king Ravana, symbolizing the victory of righteousness over wickedness. It also marks the end of the Navaratri festival, which honours Goddess Durga.