Bhubaneswar: Devotees from all walks of life headed towards puja marquees across Odisha today as the state celebrated Mahanavami, the fourth day of Durga Puja.
Following the almanac, Mahashtami formally came to an end on Wednesday afternoon, and Mahanavami (ninth lunar day) began with Sandhi Puja held at their confluence.
As per Hindu mythology, goddess Durga killed Chando and Mundo — two ‘asuras’ or demons at the confluence (sandhi) of the two days. The goddess is worshipped as the undefeated divine force with lotuses and offered her favourite food items.
Goddess Durga, accompanied by her four children — Ganesh, Kartik, Lakshmi and Saraswati — descends on earth every year to visit her parents to fight evil. This is the occasion that the puja celebrates.
Durga, the slayer of demon Mahishasura, comes astride her mount lion and wields an array of weapons in her 10 hands in symbolic representation of Shakti, or woman power.