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Celebration:People buying sugarcane on the eve of Makara Sankranti in Mysore on Sunday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Celebration:People buying sugarcane on the eve of Makara Sankranti in Mysore on Sunday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

The Devaraja Market here was buzzing with people on Sunday as several turned up in large numbers to shop for Makara Sankranti, to be celebrated on Monday.

Traders made brisk business of sugarcandy, jaggery, dry coconut and peanuts. The area around Dufferin Clock opposite the market was crowded as people were busy buying flowers, fruits and other necessary items.

Heaps of sugarcane, sold at Rs. 50 to Rs. 70 a kg, was being sold at several places including Devaraja Market, Vani Vilas Market, Dhanwantri Road, M.G. Road, Akshaya Bhandar Circle and Saraswathipuram here. The black sugarcane variety fetched higher price for farmers.

The prices of Chrysanthemum have gone up. Flowers such as Mysore Mallige and Kakada were sold at Rs. 40 to Rs. 50 per metre.

Siddalingapura, which hosts ‘Kicchu Harisuvudu' (bullocks and their masters run through fire) on Sankranti, will be the centre of attraction as people from Mysore and nearby villages visit the place in large numbers to watch the event. People visit Srirangapatna as it is considered auspicious to take a dip in the Cauvery. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangapatna comes alive with one lakh lamps being lit by devotees on the road leading to the temple as part of ‘Lakshadeepothsava’.

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