Diwali, the festival of lights, is unique and has a rich history behind it. Every household waits for the festival in right earnest. It is tough to explain the fun and frolic that go with the festival.
Diwali is the triumph of light over darkness and the Mysureans celebrate the festival with great fervour.
Fun apart, the damage caused during the three-day celebrations is huge. It is estimated that pollution level goes up by 20% during these three days. But with the initiatives launched by various organisations and the call given by government to go for noise-free Diwali, Mysuru has readily extended its support and will go for a quiet festival.
Usually, sale of crackers sees a surge around this time. But this year, it is a different scenario. The number of customers visiting the firecracker shops has been poor and most of the shops which are otherwise busy with customers, have no takers now.
Compared to the last few years, number of firecracker shops has come down drastically. Expecting a huge dip in sales, many traders have decided not to invest on crackers this time for obvious reasons. Temporary firecracker shops that have sprung up in major areas like Kuvempunagar, Saraswathipuram and Siddarthanagar said sale of crackers has come down drastically. Sivakasi, a major centre that manufactures crackers, it seems, has seen a major fall in bulk orders from Karnataka.
More number of youngsters, school students and environmentalists have extended their support. “Yes, we will definitely celebrate Diwali. But it is a firm no to crackers,” is the common refrain. With the aim of doing away with noise from the festival of lights, people are purchasing more clay lamps, unique light lanterns and sky lanterns.
The city is already soaking in festive mood. On the first day today, that is Naraka Chaturdashi, after the traditional oil, old and young alike, attired in new dresses, were busy visiting various temples for puja.
The Marwadi community that has a huge presence in the heritage city is busy preparing for the Lakshmi puja tomorrow.
Dos and don’ts:
Commissioner of Police Dr Subramanyeshwara Rao has issued orders, banning bursting of crackers between 10 pm and 6 am from October 29 to October 31.
In a press release, Rao stated that during Diwali, the noise pollution caused by firecrackers is very high. “There is a need to keep a check on this menace. Pollution level that goes up by 20% during this season is harmful to pregnant women and children. People are also advised to refrain from bursting crackers that produce high decibel of noise. People have also been asked to buy crackers from licensed sellers. Keep an eye on children when they are bursting crackers.”