SHILLONG, Oct 19 - The four-day Durga Puja celebrations came to a close with the immersion of Durga idols in the Wah Umkhrah stream at Polo Grounds here today.
Hundreds of people gathered at the immersion ghat to witness the event. Men, women and children danced to the beats of the drums and blew conch shells as the procession from different puja pandals were taken out through the city.
The Bharat Sevashram idol was carried from the Jail Road to the immersion ghat by the devotees on their shoulders. On the other hand, the volunteers of the Gorkha puja committee wore traditional outfits.
All the immersions were completed during the day and there were three spots made available for immersion at the ghat and volunteers helped the different committees during the immersion.
Earlier, in the morning, people went to different pandals for a last glimpse of Goddess Durga before the next year�s celebrations and women smeared one another with sindoor. Devotees also took books, seeking the blessings of the Goddess, apart from conducting puja.
In the evening, individual committees distributed shanti jal (holy water) and sacred threads among the devotees. People also greeted each other on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami.