Celebrating the festival of lights, people took a break from their routine and got involved in religious celebrations, prayers and get-togethers on Wednesday. City was lit up with earthen lamps and glittering lights that adorned every house, business establishment and buildings.
On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, people thronged Mahalaxmi temples to worship the ‘Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity’. Serpentine queues were seen at Usha Nagar temple, Malharganj temple, Khajrana temple, Geeta Bhawan temple and Rajwada’s Mahalaxmi temple.
The queues were seen at these temples since early morning as people gathered to start their festivities after offering their prayers to the Goddess. Big and small temples of the city were decorated with lights and flowers. Small vendors who run kiosks outside the temples had a good day as people purchased ‘puja goods’ from them.
Devotees were seen chanting Mahalaxmi mahamantra and praying for prosperity. Devotees also lit up lamps in temples.
People of other religions were also seen in queues to offer their prayers to the Goddess on this auspicious occasion, showing the spirit of togetherness and brotherhood.
Roads and lanes echoed with sound of crackers and other fireworks. However, commuters faced problems while going from one place to another due to lighting of fire crackers.From exchanging gifts to visiting temples and Gurdwaras, residents maintained the traditional fervour of festival while some opted their own way to celebrate the occasion.
Temporary stalls on streets received a rush of last minute buyers who wanted to buy earthen lamps, candles, decoration pieces, idols of Gods and Goddess, flowers etc. Thousands of makeshift shops of earthen lamps, flowers, sugarcane, essential puja goods were set up across the city. Wholesale markets of flowers and garlands in Krishnapura, Annapurna and Rajkumar Mills witnessed heavy crowd as people gathered there for additional purchases from Diwali bonus.
Due to awareness campaign launched against use of spurious mawa being sold in city, some people bought cakes, fruits, juices and dry fruits but many bought sweets from local sweetmeat shops. The frequent seizure of adulterated mawa has made the residents jittery but mawa sweets were still sold. The distrust, however, has proved to be a boon for branded mawa makers, who are now able to sell their high-priced product effectively.
Diwali wishes through stickers
Diwali wishes floated quickly with the recently launched stickers on WhatsApp. Instead of forwarding a graphic or a wish, people sent quick stickers to their relatives and friends on WhatsApp. Similar trend was seen on other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
POP Laxmi idols
Idols of Laxmi sold in the market were made from plaster of paris (POP). They will be kept for whole year and disposed off before next Diwali near a tree or in water bodies. Though many businessmen keep metal idols, POP idols are bought by most households and businessmen.
Girls made rangolis is all shapes, sizes in the city to make their house more welcoming. IT professional Somya Pandit made 7 feet by 7 feet rangoli of Radha Krishna. Many other artists made dazzling 3D rangolis.