Reaffirming the treasured bond of love and care between brothers and sisters, Raksha Bandhan was celebrated across the city on Saturday with traditional fervour and gaiety.

Feasting, merry- making a

nd exchange of gifts marked the day as sisters, dressed in their fineries, applied alt145 tilakalt39on their brothersalt39foreheads and tied alt145 rakhisalt39on the wrists praying for their happiness and prosperity. Brothers, in turn, vowed to protect their sisters against all evils.

It was also a perfect occasion for family gatherings as people took time from their busy schedules and attended the gathering.

Sweet- meat shops had long queues as people gathered for last- minute purchases.

Similar scenes also witnessed outside gift shops and theatres across the city.

alt145 Raksha Bandhanalt39at Central Jail Thousands of inmates of Central jail were tied alt145 rakhisalt39by their family members on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan . According to the information, over thousands of people visited the states largest prison to tie rakhis on the wrists of inmates.

Tears flowed down freely as many siblings met each other after a gap of months, with many inmates promising their families that they will give up crime.

Jail products like sweets and rachis, prepared by women prisoners, were on sale for the visitors as outside products are not allowed inside the jail.

‘Elaborate arrangements were made for the auspicious day, including special meetings of prisoners with their siblings, providing sweets and rakhis inside the prison at reasonable rates so that the inmates understand that we care for them,’sources added.

Raksha Bandhan is the only day when inmates are allowed to meet visitors face to face, unlike normal meetings, which are held in specially designed wards where prisoners stand behind a thick grill and wire mesh.

God is our brother On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, most people from the city tied Rakhi on Lord Ganesh at Khajarana temple. Palrecha brothers, trader from Bajaj Khana Chowk offered a 40- inch ( diameter) rakhi to the Lord Ganesh.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal