Bhasani Yatra in Orissa

Bhasani Yatra, or Basani Jatra, is observed on the day after Vijaya Dasami and Dasara in Orissa. All the murtis, or idols, of Goddess Durga that participated in Durga Puja are taken out in a procession on Bhasanai day and immersed in sea, river, lake or pond. In 2014, Bhasani Yatra in Orissa is October 3. This visarjan ceremony of Goddess Durga is witnessed by thousands of people.

At Jagannath Temple in Puri, all the Durga Puja murtis assemble in front of the temple and pays tribute to Lord Jagannath. Thousands of people assemble to witness this unique ritual involving Goddess Durga and Lord Jagannath.

In the evening, the murtis of Goddess Durga are taken to a nearby sea, river or lake and the visarjan or immersion ceremony takes place.

This ceremony marks the end of Durga Puja festivities in Orissa.