Visakhapatnam

Blessings shower for children

People praying in front of the Bhogi bonfire at Lawson’s Bay Colony in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.— PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK

People praying in front of the Bhogi bonfire at Lawson’s Bay Colony in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.— PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK

The three-day Sankranti festival got under way with the traditional ‘Bhogi’ fire being lit early on Wednesday morning. Later in the day children were blessed with a shower of petals and plums (regi). Womenfolk decorated the approach to their homes with colourful rangoli depicting a number of themes.

The fire was traditionally fuelled by farm waste and domestic scrap and was made in front of homes. Residents who could not muster enough scrap to fuel the flame brought in cut logs as a result the embers simmered long into the day. Residents of apartment complexes in most places in the city made the bonfire in the middle of the road and left it to die down leaving it to commuters to carefully cross it.

At a function organised by a civil society organisation, Vice-Chancellor of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University R.G.B. Bhagavath Kumar blessed children from the locality and other parts of the city by showering petals and plums on them. A number of elderly women too participated in the celebration.


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