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Odisha Celebrates Victory Of Good Over Evil

Bhubaneswar:26/10/20:It is the end of the spectacular ten-day festival celebrating the divine feminine power of Goddess Durga. Popularly called “Dusshera”, today marks the day when Lord Rama slayed the evil King Ravana and the Maa Durga herself defeated the demon “Mahishasur”, all symbolic of the notion of good winning over evil.

 The festival celebrated with much pomp and show every year has seen a dampener due to the Coronavirus pandemic this year. Pandals and shops which usually blossom with people are empty due to government restrictions and social distancing obligations.
But the spirit for the festival still remains in the air as always. Despite the restrictions, the worship of the idols was carried out during the entire festive period without crowd in small congregations and at individual residencies by priests, following all the rituals and festivities in honour of the Goddess Durga.
The government has also made necessary arrangements for the idol immersion ceremony. In the capital city of Bhubaneswar itself, the BMC has prepared four artificial ponds near the Dayanadi and Kuakhai river each. These ponds have the capacity to hold up to 150 idol immersions which would help ease the process and help the devotees bid an appropriate farewell to the Goddess. Similarly in the city of Cuttack, 14 temporary ponds have been constructed near Kathjodi, Mahanadi bank and Debigada area.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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