Puja, sweets, fireworks complete Diwali

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2018 11:01:44


Staff Reporter,

Supporting the initiatives for environmental health and to perform rituals of worship at shops, houses amidst colourful lighting, Rongoli decorated courtyards, as per ritual the Diwali festival celebrated in city, on Wednesday evening. Worship of the Goddess of Prosperity and Wellness, Devi Laxmi and God of Knowledge, Bhagwan Ganesha was performed as per tradition. People shared Diwali greetings, sweets with relatives, friends and neighbours.

As per Mahurat the worship of Diwali commenced right from afternoon at 12.30 pm in offices, shops, showrooms and in houses the worship of Goddess Laxmi continued till late night. As per tradition the worship rituals were performed in houses, offices followed by people played fireworks as mark of beating the darkness of evil with truth. People illuminating earthen diyas and colourful lights, played firecrackers and sparkles adding festivity to celebration. Following restrictions by the Apex Court on playing fireworks in time frame from 8 pm to 10 pm on the day of Diwali to control pollution the city people played fireworks but as tradition in majority of areas in the city. In majority of areas devotees especially children played firework and enjoyed the festival while keeping the caution about pollution control in mind.

This year the impact of restrictions on loud sound fire crackers, imported fire-crackers, colourful fire crackers coughing out smoke in large quantity have affected the sale of Fire Crackers. However, people also supported the initiative to control pollution by not plying heavy fireworks have taken light fireworks. However, despite fall in sale the market remained busy till late evening in Gole Bazar, Ranitaal, Gorakhpur, Gwarighat, Ranjhi and other parts of the city.

It may be mentioned that from this year onwards the fire works markets have been shifted to isolated areas. The decision was a precautionary measure initiated by the district administration to avoid any incident related to fireworks. This being a preventive measure for life of people should be out of reach of fire if any incident took place in fire market. These fire works shops were installed in separated areas and in localities where population has distance. Amidst model code of conduct the festival celebrated amidst monitoring and observation on market sales by the Election Commission. As according to guidelines by the Election Commission of India the expenses made on presenting gifts and sweets to the people by candidates is not allowed or it would be counted in his election campaign expenses.

Despite all, the traditional market of city served the customers with wide varieties. The shops of items like flowers, vegetables, seasonal fruits and items used in worship as per tradition did brisk business right from morning hours on Wednesday. The commodities seasonal fruits, vegetables like water chestnuts, paddy flakes, rice flakes, etc. used in worship were sold like hotcakes. Right from morning hours customers to take sweets thronged the shops. On, Thursday, the fourth day of Diwali festival observed with Goverhan Pooja commonly known as Pariva. Amidst traditional fervour worships of Cows and Lord Krishna was performed by devotees in temples and houses. Especial community worships of Cows were performed in Gohalpur, Omti, Maharajpur, Bargi, Panagar, Ranjhi, Barela, and in Garha area.

On Friday, last day of the five days Diwali Festival would be observed in form of Bhai Dooj. On this occasion as per tradition the worship of Lord Chitragupta would be organised as well as sisters offered prayers of long life of their brothers and also put tilak on their foreheads wishing their long life and success.