Elaborate Arrangements in Puri for Durga Puja

Puri: The city of Puri iscelebrating the Shardiya DurgaPuja. Elaborate arrangementshave been made for the
worship of the mother invarious puja pandals. MahaSaptami Puja of JagatjananiMaa Durga is being held
today at the Puja Mandap.Surya Puja was held in themorning along with the fivekarma niti. Later, a special
shodas upachar puja of maawas held. There are manysecret policies in the evening,including alati, pushpanjali.
Prafulla Dora, president of TheOm Maa Adishakti PujaCommittee of Durga Bazar inPuri District School Square,
said, “Durga Puja is celebratedwith great pomp and show.Cultural activities are held withmaa aradhana.On Saptami, Ashtami andNavami, special prasad likeKhechedi, Fish Besar, Kheerietc. are arranged for thedevotees. On the other hand,Mahashtami Puja is being heldtoday amidst a devotionalatmosphere of all theShaktipeeths and Gosanisalong with TheKshetradhiswari Maa Vimalaof the Shrine. Maa Kakudikhai,the moving idol of Maa Vimala,has a tradition of sacrificingcucumber along with sandhipuja today.Similarly, Mahashtami Pujais being celebrated with greatpomp and show near JahaniMundia of Dolmandap Sahiand Janni Khai of Bali Sahi.There is a huge gathering of
devotees near various gosaniwhile the worship of themother is going on in thepresence of devotees. Theshrine is a festive shrine forDurga Puja.A spiritual and devotionalatmosphere has been created invarious peeths and mandaps withthe sound of mantras and tantras.

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