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Devotees across India bid adieu to Maa Durga

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Durga Puja, the greatest festival in the Bengali calendar, today ended with immersion of idols on Dashami amidst chants of "aasche bochchor abar hobe" (it will happen again next year).

Sindur khela performed by married women on Durga Puja before idol immersion on Friday (Ocotber 23). (Source: Express Photo by Anand singh)

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At the onset of dawn, Goddess Durga left for her abode in Kailash at the end of her three-day sojourn on earth, as against the usual four-day, with the Navami and Dashami falling on the same day (yesterday).

Women apply vermillion powder on each other's face on the last day of Durga Puja festival on Firday. (Source: Express Photo by Anand singh)

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Women smeared vermilion on each other's faces in a ritual called 'sindoor khela' and offered sweets and prayers to Goddess Durga and her siblings as the young swayed merrily to the rhythmic beats of 'dhaks'. (Source: Express Photo by Rohit Jain Paras)

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People of all ages exchanged greetings with each other on the occasion of 'Bijoya'.

Devotees carry goddess Durga idol for immersion, on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi in Bengaluru on Friday. (Source: PTI)

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Several household pujas observed Dashami yesterday. According to Kolkata Police, around 1,086 idols were immersed yesterday.

Devotees immerse an idol of goddess Durga in a pond near Vindhyachal in Mirzapur on Friday. (Source: PTI)

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Devotees carry an idol of Goddess Durga for immersion in a water body on the banks of the Ganges river in Allahabad, India, Friday, October 23. The immersion of idols marks the end of the festival that commemorates the slaying of a demon king by lion-riding, 10-armed goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil. (Source: AP)

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Devotees with color-smeared faces dance on a road during a procession for immersion of Durga idols as part of Durga Puja festivities in Gauhati, India, Friday. (Source: AP)

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A devotee performs rituals in front of an idol of Goddess Durga on the banks of the River Yamuna, before it is carried for immersion during Durga Puja festival in New Delhi, India, Friday, October 23. (Source: AP)

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An idol of Goddess Durga floats in the river Brahmaputra after it was immersed during the Durga Puja festivities in Gauhati. (Source: AP)

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Devotees dance in a procession leading towards the River Yamuna for the immersion of idols of goddess Durga during Durga Puja festival in New Delhi, India, Friday. (Source: AP)

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An idol of Goddess Durga is carried for immersion in the River Yamuna during Durga Puja festival in New Delhi, India, Friday. (Source: AP)

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Devotees immerse Goddess Durga idol on the last day of puja festival in a pond near the confluence the Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati on Friday in Allahabad. (Source: PTI)

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