Kolkata, Oct 22: The five days of festivity touched its crescendo as people will celebrate Maha Nabami and Bijaya Dasami together on Thursday.
With Bijaya Dasami also being observed today, it will be time for Goddess Durga to leave for her home in Kailash.
People will start counting for another year to relieve for the moments of celebration again.
The famous pujas in Kolkata like Suruchi Sangha, Shiv Mandir Durga Puja, Mohd. Ali Park, Bagbazar Sarbojonin Durga Puja, Mudiali Club Durga Puja, Barisha Club, continued to attract more and more devotees on the night of Maha Ashtami as well.
Long queues were spotted at popular pandals, restaurants and parking lots.
Meanwhile, India will also celebrate ‘Dussehra’ which marks the victory of Goddess Durga over such demons as Mahishasur.
It is a day when devotees worship Goddess Shakti.
Shakti represents strength, ability and courage. This day also celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee wished the nation and said: “On the joyous occasion of Dussehra, I have great pleasure in conveying warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow countrymen in India and abroad.”
“Dussehra symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The festival reminds us that those who follow the path of virtue, goodness and righteousness will always emerge victorious. May this year’s Dussehra inspire us to remain steadfast in the pursuit of our principles like Lord Rama. Let us collectively confront all adversities and march forward towards the goal of all-round development and well-being of our nation and its people,” he said.
Mukherjee said, “May compassion, love and brotherhood prevail over all forces of obscurantism and evil that seek to divide us.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the nation as he tweeted: “Greetings & best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi.”