Mahanavami celebrated in West Bengal (Photo: PTI)
The city immersed itself in festivities on the penultimate day of the five-day Durga Puja as huge crowds took to the streets to witness the breath-taking spectacle of stupendous idols, innovative themes and illumination, remarkable marquees, interesting themes and puja rituals.
As the day progressed and evening descended, the roads of the city were choked by the huge turnout of people keen to celebrate the last day of the festival.
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As per the almanac Goddess Durga, the slayer of demon Mahisasura and signifying the triumph of good over evil, will leave the Earth for her heavenly abode tomorrow.
Keeping up the spirit of the festival people took part in community feasts at many pandals. The religious rituals of 'Mahanavami' or ninth lunar day began after the end of Sandhi Puja held at the confluence of Mahaashtami (eighth lunar day) and Mahanavami yesterday.
As per Hindu mythology Goddess Durga killed Chando and Mundo two asuras (demons) at the confluence (Sandhi) of Mahaashtami and Mahanavami.
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The Goddess was worshipped as the undefeated and offered her favourite food items and was followed by Maha Arati.