Devotees throng Durga Puja pandals to offer prayers

Devotees in large number thronged Durga Puja pandals and temples in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad. Special Puja were performed at the temples and community puja pandals with gaiety and fervour with involvement of thousands of people. Durga Puja is being celebrated across the country with religious fervour and gaiety. Navratri is celebrated to honour Goddess Durga who symbolises power and purity. Bhajans and especially the garba dance are the highlights of the festival. This year, Navratri is from October 10- October 18