Sisters tie thread of love on brothers’ wrists

  • Raksha Bandhan celebrated with fervor; rush at rakhi and sweet shops

Bhopal: The festival of Raksha Bandhan – which celebrates the sacred bond of commitment between sisters and brothers – was celebrated on Wednesday across Madhya Pradesh with traditional fervour and gaiety.

In view of Bhadra Kaal from this morning till 1104 hrs and ‘Sootak’ for lunar eclipse starting from afternoon, the time to tie ‘rakhi’ has been provided as beginning from 1105 hrs till 1355 hrs. On the occasion, idols were adorned at various temples.

Due to Rakshabandhan, there is no space to even set foot in Bhopal’s markets. There is a huge crowd of customers at cloth, rakhi and bullion shops. This has resulted in a 30% uptick in business. This time there is more emphasis on indigenous rakhis. This is the reason why rakhis have been brought from Ahmedabad, Surat, Delhi and Mumbai. There will be a crowd in the markets on Wednesday as well.

There was a great rush in the markets like New Market, Lakherapura, Sarafa, Chowk, Azad Market, Number 10 Market, Bithan Market, Kolar, Awadhpuri etc. for shopping. Maximum crowd was seen at Rakhi, cloth and sweet shops. Women shopped a lot. The craze for getting henna applied on women and girls was also seen in the New Market.

Modi and Chandrayaan rakhis in demand

Shopkeepers in New Market told that this time children are liking to buy rakhis of Chandrayaan-3 and Modi in addition to rakhis of cartoons. Modi Rakhi is in great demand. Thousands of different varieties of rakhis have been brought.

Rakhis made in Bhopal are also being sold

Owner of a rakhi shop in Chowk Bazar, said that this time also rakhis have been ordered from Ahmedabad, Surat, Delhi and Mumbai. Apart from this, Rakhi has also been made in Bhopal, the cost of which is between Rs 10 to Rs 50. China’s Rakhi is not being sold. The emphasis is on indigenous rakhis only. There is an uptick in business for the second consecutive year.

Sale of cloth, coconut, sweets also

Due to Raksha Bandhan, cloth, coconut and sweets are also being sold. The cloth shops of Bairagarh, New Market, Lakherapura, number 10 market are crowded.

On the occasion of Rakshabandhan festival in the capital, Muslim women have made a large display of the print of ‘Chandrayaan on the moon’.

There was a lot of activity in the markets across the district as well as in other districts of the state including Indore, Jabalpur etc.

Girls and sisters tie Raksha Sutra to Governor

Governor Mangubhai Patel celebrated the festival of Raksha Bandhan at Raj Bhavan. Today, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, the girls of SOS Children’s Village Khajuri Kala, officials of Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya reached the Raj Bhavan. Raksha Bandhan was celebrated in traditional manner by tying Raksha Sutra to Governor Mangubhai Patel.

Patel gifted an amount of Rs 11,000 to the SOS Children’s Village organisation. He distributed toffees and sweets to the children. On this occasion, Regional Director of Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal B K Awadhesh was also present.

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