Holika Dahan held at about 1500 locations across city

  • People engaged in prayers and offerings, invoking blessings for prosperity and harmony

Bhopal: Nearly 1500 locations across Bhopal witnessed vibrant celebrations on Sunday as residents gathered to mark the traditional ritual of Holika Dahan. The event, steeped in religious significance, saw devotees performing worship rituals in anticipation of the forthcoming Festival of Colors.

In a display of community spirit, neighborhoods throughout the city came alive with the crackling of bonfires, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Participants fervently engaged in prayers and offerings, invoking blessings for prosperity and harmony.

The atmosphere was filled with joy and enthusiasm as families and friends came together to partake in this age-old tradition. With the city adorned in colorful decorations, the spirit of unity and festivity permeated every corner.

As Bhopal gears up for the upcoming Festival of Colors, Holika Dahan serves as a poignant precursor, uniting residents in spiritual reverence and anticipation for the joyous celebrations ahead.

Quantity of Gau-Kasht used in Holika Dahan went up

Meanwhile, the quantity of Gau-Kasht (cow-dung logs) used in Holika Dahan in the city has gone up almost six times over the past six years. In 2018, the Holika Dahan Committees had bought 1,150 quintals of Gau-Kasht whereas around 6,0000 quintals of eco-friendly cow-dung logs was purchased this year for the Holi-eve bonfires.

Eco-friendly logs were used at around 80% places to preserve the greenery and environment of Bhopal. According to coordinator of Gau-Kasht Samvardhan Evam Paryavaran Sanrakshan Samiti, Mamtesh Sharma, they had sold 5,450 quintal Gau-Kasht last year.

“So, we have set a target of 6000 quintals this year,” he said, adding that “We sold more than 2,000 quintals on Saturday and we are confident that we will cross the figure of 6000 quintals on Sunday.” Sharma said that the aim behind promoting Gau-Kasht is to save trees, environment and cows as well. More than 35,000 trees have been saved due to the use of Gau-Kasht so far, he claimed.

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