Silchar, Oct 6: Throwing caution to the wind, Silchar, the second biggest urban sprawl in the State was back to the pre-COVID times since the dawn of Mahalaya on Wednesday.
Loud echoes of the age-old Chandipath in the majestic voice of the eternal Birendra Krishna Bhadra relayed on radio added to the ambience of the festive spree and the exuberance amidst the simmering threat of a third spell of COVID-19 to invoke Goddess Durga with prayers to wipe off the affliction caused by the pandemic with her divine arrival on earth.
The twin bridges over river Barak at Sadarghat brought back the vibes of the yesteryears as young and old walked upto the bridges with a belief of witnessing the arrival of mother Goddess. While many rushed to enjoy the early morning cool breeze amidst the exasperating October humidity. Colourful ballons, sweets, beats of the quintessential dhak and selfies embellished the occasion as well.
Meanwhile, as the day marks the end of pitripaksha and beginning of Devi paksha, many were seen performing tarpan rituals at different ghats of river Barak and also in ponds and other waterbodies in the early hours of the day.