vijaydasami celebration in orissa

Vijayadashami is celebrated in two ways in the state. In Shakti Peethas such as Tara Tarini (the shrine of Adi Shakti), Bimala (Jagannath Temple) and other temples dedicated to goddesses, it is observed for 10 to 16 days and known as Shodasa Upachara.[citation needed] Durga is also worshiped by devotees throughout the state. The final day of the Sharodiya Durga Puja is known as Vijayadashami. After the last ritual (the Aparajita Puja) is performed for the goddess, she is bid farewell. Women offer dahi-pakhal (cooked rice soaked in water with curd), pitha (baked cakes), mitha (sweets) and fried fish to the goddess. Her image is carried in processions, known as Bhasani Jatra or Bisarjan Jatra, before immersion in a nearby river or lake. After the immersion, Ravan Podi is celebrated and Ravan is burned in effigy.

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