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Sankranti fervour grips Tirupati

IT'S GOBBEMMALU TIME: A woman shows off her skills at rangoli contest organised by Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) on Friday, as part of 'Sankranti sambaralu'. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

IT'S GOBBEMMALU TIME: A woman shows off her skills at rangoli contest organised by Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) on Friday, as part of 'Sankranti sambaralu'. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar  



Staff Reporter

TUDA conducts 'Rangoli' competition for women



TIRUPATI: The revelry attached to Sankranti festival has already begun.

The festival, comprising the three days viz., Bhogi, Makara Sankranti and Kanuma, collectively marks the victory of good over evil and is believed to augur well for the farming community. The ryots go for harvest and begin their season with a new ray of hope.

'Bhogi' was celebrated with traditional zeal in Tirupati on Friday, when residents gathered and burnt the household junk material on the streets.

The practice has been dispensed with by denizens of several cities, either owing to the proliferation of highrise structures and apartments, that has also stolen away the pleasure of warming up cosily by the side of 'Bhogi mantalu', or due to the ban clamped by civic bodies on such festivities in the name of curtailing pollution. However, the culturally-sensitive Tirupati has remained untouched both ways.

Competitions

The Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) has conducted a 'Rangoli' competition for the womenfolk. Young women took part in large numbers and filled the TUDA grounds with their king-size 'Muggulu'. 'Gobbemmalu', a cowdung ball covered with pumpkin flowers, provided an attractive topping on the Rangolis that, in fact, added a 'native flavour'.

'Sampradaya Mahila', a traditional dressing competition for women was also conducted on the occasion.

Several other organisations like Tirupati Jaycees also observed Sankranti celebrations in a grand manner.

Festive mood

Nellore: A festive mood prevails in district, following successive festivals and holidays.

The jubilant mood started with the top district officials undertaking a two-day tour of Udaygiri fort area. Officers of 15 departments accompanied the top brass of the administration, consisting of the Collector and Superintendent of Police. Then came Bakrid and Sankranti holidays, resulting in employees belonging to both communities going on leave. The Sankranti festival on second Saturday, followed by a Sunday, came in handy for the employees.



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