The month-long celebration of the famous Thakurani yatra ended with the return of the goddess to the original temple from her father's house at Desabehera Street here on Tuesday.

Carrying pots on their head in a grand procession, known as “ghata yatra” in the biennial event, thousands of women followed the deity covering several areas in the town amidst tight security.

Besides Berhampur, several women from other places of the state and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, observed fast and participated in the “ghata yatra“.

“I had vowed to carry the “ghata” (pot) on the last day of the yatra to pray for early cure for my son,” said 45-year-old P. Rameswari of Badabazar.

“I am participating in the “ghata yatra” to get first division in the Plus II examination,” added Sushila, a student.

The yatra had commenced on March 28 with the deity visiting her father P. Durga Prasad Desbehera, the head of the weavers' community in the town.

A temporary house was constructed to keep the deity in the shape of a ghata during which the yatra held of the deity in the temporary house.

Festive look

The town wore a festive look in colourful decoration, chariots of the mythological images and Kalakunja. Hundreds of people were dressed as mythological characters and animals like tiger to appease the goddess.

Traffic was thrown out of gear in several places of this Silk City as thousands of people from far off places thronged to have a glimpse of Maa Budhi Thakurani.

Police personnel in strength under supervision of 50 officers were deployed in major locations of the town to maintain law and order.

“The yatra passed off peacefully. No untoward incident was reported,” said a senior police officer.

Several organisations provided free food and distributed drinking water pouches to visitors. - PTI