In Odisha, Durga Puja will be celebrated from 27th September to 30th September 2017.
There may be rainfall across the state during the Durga Puja celebrations following a cyclonic formation developing over the Bay of Bengal . It is likely to intensify into a low pressure formation resulting in rains, according to the forecast of India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Durga Puja is celebrated in two different ways in Odisha. In Shakti pithas, the Durga Puja is observed with proper rituals for 10 to 16 days known as Sodasa Upachara, which starts from 7 days earlier to Mahalaya called as Mulastami and ends on Dussehra. Goddess Durga is also worshipped by devotees in different pandals across the state. The pandals are decorated with beautiful decorative.
Decked with exquisite pandals and beautiful light decorations, the Millennium City of Cuttack is all set to host the grandest festival of the season – Durga Puja.
While artisans are busy completing the welcome arches, decorators have decked up every corner of the city with impressive lighting arrangements, thereby adding sparkle to the festivity. Organisers have spent a huge amount of money on innovative light works using LED lights.
Similarly in Bhubaneswar, replicas of temples and many more heritage sites will give Durga Puja a festive glow. At Saheed Nagar, the Puja committee has erected five massive light gates themed on Sai Baba and Goddess Durga and the budget for light decorations here is Rs 4 lakh. At Jharpada and Old Station Bazaar, eight and four majestic light gates have come up. In Nayapalli and Rasulgarh, Puja committees have set up five gates each. While there are 156 small and big Durga Puja pandals in Cuttack, the number is 180 in Bhubaneswar.