Kohima | Durga Puja was being celebrated in Nagaland with worshippers thronging the pandals to offer prayers to the goddess.
Huge and magnificently decorated puja pandals have been erected, specially in Kohima and Dimapur, with residents celebrating the pujas with traditional fanfare and gaiety.
Several cultural programmes were also being held in the puja pandals surrounded by stalls offering lip-smacking dishes.
On the occasion of Durga Puja, Nagaland Governor P B Acharya has extended warm greetings to the people of the state.
In his message, the governor said that apart from being a religious festival for the Hindus, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation and a celebration of traditional culture and customs.
The complete image of goddess Durga represents destruction of evil and protection of good and reflects the point that in order to become divine, one should keep one’s animal instincts under control, he said.
“Let the festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra be celebrated in the true spirit of peace, joy and brotherhood,” the governor wished.