INDIA (CNN) -- Dussehra festival, symbolising the triumph of good over evil is being celebrated across the country today. The day is also celebrated as Vijay Dashmi.
A string of rituals will take place throughout the day. Lakhs of devotees are thronging various temples and puja pandals to offer prayers to "Goddess Durga".
The three day Durga Puja will culminate today with the immersion of Durga Idols. In northern India, Dusherra is celebrated in honour of Rama and effigy of demon king "Raavan" is burnt with great pomp and show.
Thousands of devotees from far off places are expected to attend the famous Kullu Dussehra festivities, organised by the district administration. Festivities are also high in different parts of South India. In Karnataka thousands of people flock every year to witness the famous Mysore Dussehra.
In Kolkata, thousands of people descended on the streets and elsewhere to admire the pandals on Maha Nabami. In Odisha, lakhs of devotees are participating in community pujas being organised at various places in the state. In Odisha, lakhs of devotees are participating in community pujas held across the state on the occasion of Dussehra.
The festival commemorating the victor of good over Evil and the five day ritualistic offering to goddess Durga is best witnessed in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack where over 200 puja pandals have been erected.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA President Sonia Gandhi has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami.