Bhubaneswar: On the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami today the Durga Puja pandals wore a deserted look as people were refrained from entering the pandals to avoid mass gatherings in view of corona pandemic.

As Vijaya Dashami marks the end of the nine-day long Dussehra festival this year the charm of the day blacked out due to the unprecedented pandemic and mostly importantly people of state looked sad as they were unable to adieu goodbye to Maa wishing her to visit them soon next year.

Puja mandaps, decorations and idols of goddess Durga used to draw a huge number of footfalls every year. However, the scenario was totally different this year as the state government has restricted congregation of devotees at the pandals to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Mamta Das, a devotee says , whole year long we await the day of Dussehra as on this day family gatherings takes place and we wish each other Vijay Dashami pranam and also the day is very important from the point of shastras because the day symbolizes ,victory of good over evil ,as on the tenth day of Durga Puja lord Rama seeking the blessings of goddess Durga killed Raavana , therefore even Ravana Poda is celebrated this day.

Besides, few devotees were seen paying obeisance to the deities in front of the pandals with folded hands even though the entrance points of the mandaps were covered to prevent public view of idols as per the guidelines issued by the government