City celebrates Deepavali with religious fervour; cracker sales decline

Mysuru, October 18:- The festival of lights ‘Deepavali’ was celebrated with religious fervour and tradition by gradually reducing the bursting of crackers in the city on Wednesday.

Deepavali which signifies the triumph of light over darkness has been celebrated with great passion by Mysureans. Over the years, the extravagant Deepavali celebrations included burning crackers which normally increased the noise and air pollution, but now with the initiatives launched by both government and non-government organisations and a call given by the government authorities to go noise-free during Deepavali festival, the residents of Mysuru have extended their support by reducing the burning of firecrackers.

Women and children decorated their houses with colourful lights and lamps. The festive atmosphere was clearly evident everywhere. The number of customers visiting the firecracker shops to purchase has declined and most of the shops which used to sell more crackers to customers last year, have no takers this time due to various reasons.

Compared to the previous years, the number of firecracker shops which have been set up during this festival has come down as many traders expected a poor turnout. The traders suffered losses last year after investing more money on firecrackers.

Now the price of crackers has gone high after implementation of GST (Goods and Services Tax) and this is one more reason for the buyers to avoid visiting firecracker shop.However, a few temporary firecracker shops in major areas like Kuvempunagar, Saraswathipuram, Siddarthanagar and other places have been set up but it has failed to attract more customers.

Even youngsters, school students and environmentalists have extended their support in celebrating Deepavali in a traditional way and to say no to firecrackers. Today being the first day of Deepavali that is ‘Naraka Chaturdasi,’ Mysureans woke up early in the morning to take an oil bath and were seen wearing new dresses and offering prayers at various temples across the city.

Many Marwari families residing in the city were seen purchasing sweets in bulk to gift them to their customers and friends. The sale of ‘diyas’ and lamps across major streets in Mysuru was a common sight to usher the festival of lights.

Karthik KK

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