Mysuru, January 13:- Mysureans thronged the Devaraja market and the Dufferin Clock Tower (Chikka Gadiyara area) in the city to purchase flowers, fruits, sugarcane and other puja paraphernalia, on the eve of Makara Sankranti festival despite the prevailing pandemic situation.
The scene was similar at Agrahara market, Mandi market, Nanjumalige Circle, Kuvempunagar, Hebbal, V V Mohalla, N R Mohalla, Siddarthanagar and many other areas across Mysuru.
Though the prices of flowers, sugarcane and other essential items have gone northwards, it has not dampened the spirit of the people who will be celebrating Sankranti festival on Thursday (January 14).
Masked women, men and the youth were seen shopping for the auspicious festival of Sankranti, the first festival of the new year. Sankranti is a major festival celebrated by the people in Karnataka and southern Indian states.
Girls, women and children were also busy in purchase of clothes at several textile shops and ready-made garment showrooms across the city. Footwear shops witnessed increase in the number of customers.
Makara Sankranti is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. Observed each year in the lunar month of Magha, which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar, it almost always falls on the same date every year (January 14 or 15), except in some years when the date shifts by a day.
Dedicated to the Surya deity (Sun) to convey gratitude to nature for its resources, Sankranti denotes the sun’s transit into zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn), which marks the end of the winter solstice and the onset of longer days. The significance of Surya can be traced back to the Vedic texts, especially the Gayatri Mantra – a sacred hymn of Hinduism found in the scripture named Rigveda. (NGB, HN)