PATNA: Patna, the capital city of Bihar, is reverberating with the holy mantras of the Goddess Durga as the nine-day Navratra puja began on Thursday.
The puja began with the Kalash Sthapana at homes and various puja pandals where the clay-statues of the Goddess are to be installed.
During this period, the devotees worship nine forms of the Goddess and seek her blessings.
“We will be organising special prayers during the nine days to ward off negative impacts and also for maintaining global peace, brotherhood and safety of our country,” head of the Badi Patan Devi temple in Patna city Vijay Shankar Giri said.
Around 2,000 to 2,500 puja pandals are set up every year in Patna district alone. In 2014, as many as 1200 puja organisers were licenced by the local administration to erect pandals.
Of late puja pandals have emerged as the key centres to spread awareness about various social issues. Last year, prohibition remained the main theme at most puja pandals.
Durga puja is one of the biggest festivals of the Hindus celebrated all over the country.