Amid much fanfare and traditional religious fervor, Durga puja festival got underway on Tuesday. The idol of the goddess of strength was formally installed at the alter at 9-30 in the evening chanting hymns and mantras.
Devotees started thronging the puja pendals for puja offering immediately after the installation of the idols. Saptami puja falls on Wednesday. Guwahati alone has over 300 puja pendals this time guarded by security forces apprehending terrorist attack.
Puja pendals, mostly, in Guwahati have installed CCTV cameras following the instruction by the district administration. The idols would be immersed on Saturday afternoon. Cutural functions along with various competitions are also lined the next three days.