Soaring prices did not deter Mysoreans from making festival purchases
MYSORE: The markets here witnessed a heavy rush on the eve of Makara Sankranti.
The skyrocketing prices of essential commodities did not deter people from buying them to celebrate the festival. There was demand for sugar candy, jaggery (bella) and sugarcane.
All roads led to the century-old Devaraja Market, where “yellu”, “bella”, “sakkare acchu”, flowers and sugarcane are sold.
Though these items are also available in the residential areas of the city, people, especially those from nearby villages, prefer to buy them in this market for traditional reasons.
The area around Dufferin Clock opposite the market was crowded as these items were sold there at comparatively lesser prices.
A pair of sugarcane was sold at Rs. 30 and chrysanthemum at Rs. 15 a metre.
People from Mysore and nearby villages will visit Siddalingapura, which hosts “Kicchu Harisuvudu” on the occasion of Sankranti, on Thursday.
Also, people visit holy places such as Srirangapatna as it is considered to be auspicious to take a dip in the Cauvery at the Sangam on the occasion of Sankranti.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangapatna will come alive when one lakh lamps will be lit by devotees on the road leading to the temple as part of “Lakshadeepothsava” on Thursday as part of the celebrations.