One kg of apple costs Rs. 150, banana Rs. 50
Unmindful of the rising prices, Bangaloreans are all set to celebrate Ugadi on Monday and welcome the new Samvatsara – Khara. Ugadi also signifies the onset of Vasantha Maasa (Spring season) of the Hindu calendar.
The celebration involves decoration of the main door of the houses with fresh tender mango leaves, drawing colourful rangolis in front of the houses, and performing puja after which the members of the family offer Bevu-Bella (neem and jaggery) to one another with a resolution to accept joy and sorrow in life with equanimity.
The day begins early, with youngsters paying obeisance to elders in the family after having ‘Abhyanjana' (oil bath). Then, they listen to the ‘Panchanga Shravana' (recitation of the almanac) either at home or a temple. Then, all the family members dressed in new clothes get-together to partake a sumptuous meal.
Just as it happens during every other festival, prices of flowers and fruits have skyrocketed ahead of Ugadi. On Saturday, at the Malleshwaram market, 100 gm of marigold was being sold at Rs. 40 as against the usual price of Rs. 10 while at the nearby Yeshwanthpur market, it commanded Rs. 25.
Price of apple reached Rs. 150 a kg while that of banana touched Rs. 50 and grapes Rs. 80. Lemon was sold at Rs. 15 a piece and mango at Rs. 25 a piece.
Ratna C, a resident of Madivala, says: “Whenever there is a festival around the corner, the prices of essential commodities, including fruits and flowers, spiral. I spent Rs. 500 shopping for Ugadi, but you can't get much from that amount nowadays.”
Srinivas, who owns a grocery store in Yeshwanthpur, plans to visit his parents in his native place near Tumkur to celebrate Ugadi.