Just as the dawn of Mahaashtami, the eighth day of Navratri, cracked on the horizon, several Durga Puja pandals in the city were reverberated with the sounds of Dhaks (drums).
As the dawn slipped into day, the pandals were agog with mantras chanted from Durgasaptashati in praise of Maa Durga.
Hundreds of devotees from different parts of the district fetched up at the pandals to offer Puja. A long queue was witnessed at the grand pandals set up near railway station, Ghosh Company Crossing, Durgabari, Bandhu Singh Park.
During Navaratra, devotees worship different forms of Goddess Durga. Around 776 Durga idols have been installed in various localities. Bharatiya Janata Party MP Yogi Adityanath visited Durga Puja Pandals in various localities for two consecutive days and expressed displeasure at the alleged lack of security arrangements around the pandals. He urged the district administration to deploy adequate police force near the pandals to foil the any attempt to sabotage the programmes. Though the Durga Puja Samitis have spent a lot of money on erecting the grand pandals, but they have ignored the religious aspects of the festival.
Meanwhile, the district administration has intensified the patrolling in sensitive areas and the traffic will be restricted on October 2 and 3 on the occasion Vijaya Dashami when Durga idols will be immersed. SP city said that the four wheelers from Durgabari and Alinagar side to Buxipur would not be allowed.
Similarly, the entry of vehicles in the city from Lucknow, Varanasi and Deoria side will be restricted on October 2 and 3.