Inflation has touched the essential yellu and bella of Sankranti festival too this year, with prices of most products seeing a 20 per cent hike.
Though buyers are thronging to markets for festival shopping in localities such as Basavanagudi, Malleswaram, Hanumanthnagar and so on, all Sankranti specials — the yellu mixture, sugar candy ( sakkare acchu), sugarcane, dried copra — are pricier this year.
While the yellu mixture is Rs. 130 a kg, sugar candy is between Rs. 130 to Rs. 140 a kg. A pair of five-foot sugarcane stalks cost between Rs. 50 and Rs. 60 while sweet potato is priced at Rs. 20 a kg.
“They package the products attractively and up the price. There is no sign of prices coming down anytime soon. We have to cut down on quantity,” said S. Nagesh, a Basavangudi resident. Added Nandini, homemaker: “The prices are too high but we cannot forego our customs.”
The annual festival of Makara Sankranti marks the entering of sun into Capricorn or Makara Rashi on its celestial path. It is also essentially an agrarian festival, celebrating harvest.