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Patna: Patna'ites are all set to celebrate Durga Puja and Dussehra with much fervor and enthusiasm and nowhere the sign is more visible than the multitudes of shopping centers and malls across the state capital where people are lining up to buy the latest in the fashion-ware and gadgets.

{gallery}newsimages2014/oct/100114{/gallery}The door of the puja pandals opened on Wednesday morning allowing devotees to get a glimpse of Ma Durga. From Patna Saheb on the eastern end to Sheikhpura at the western outskirt of the city, dozens of pandals, designed after famous national landmarks, opened their door as thousands of eager devotees rushed in to get a glance of the Devi.

Famous artisans from across the nation were seen giving the final touch to the idols of Goddess Durga and other Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu religion. One could see beautifully decorated pandals at the Boring Road, Station Road, Kankarbagh, Thakurbari Road, Bengali Akhara, Gardanibagh, Lohanipur, Khajpura, Raja Bazaar, Dak Bungalow Crossing and other places known for their spectacular showing each year.

For the next two days, devotees will offer prayers at various pandals and temples with the 10-day ceremony culminating with Dussehra on Friday – the same day effigies of Ravan, the demon king, and his brothers would be burnt at Patna's historic Gandhi Maidan where Bihar Governor Dr. D. Y. Patil, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, and former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, among others, are expected to be present.

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, meanwhile, on Wednesday offered prayer at the Dak Bungalow pandal where he wished for peace and prosperity in Bihar.

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