The most popular festival in Bihar began on Tuesday. Streets and markets were flooded with traditional items like earthen lamps, clay stoves.
Locally known as Mahaparv, the festival of Chhath is being considered as one of the most holiest festival in India. During this festival devotes buy dry wood of mango trees, “soop” and “tokri”, locally known as daura – made up of bamboo, “mitti ka chulha” (earthen stove), earthen utensils, earthen lamps, “August ka phool”, “lauki” (gourd), “ghaagar nimbu”, sugarcane stems and other products.
“Natural products have flooded market as devotees have to use them only during Chhath. These items are mandatory to pray and worship the setting and rising Sun God and to observe fast,” said Manju Devi, a housewife, who has been celebrating the festival for over three decades.
Devotional songs are being played in the market places. This year, people have been making special efforts to clean homes and lanes connecting to the Ganga ghats and ponds.
In spite of GST pressures, shopkeepers and vendors selling the Chhath items are hopeful of earning extra money due to the high demand.
Temporary stalls are being set in different parts of the state were people mostly poor men and women, are selling these items. Besides, big shops are also selling such items.
Roadside vendors are also selling “baddhi”, “aiya”, “alta”, “sindur”, “kapur” and “chandan” besides other small but essential items for devotees.
There is a believe that the mango helps the food cook properly because of its low flame.”August ka phool” is being sold at Rs 800-1,000 per kg, in view of the demand.
“Lauki” (gourd) is selling at Rs 50 to 80 per piece due to high demand.”Devotees cannot cook any other vegetable.
Devotees, throng river banks and different water bodies for a bath before preparing the food known as “Nahai Khay” that marks the beginning of Chhath.
Banana is an essential fruit offered to the Sun God during Chhath. Besides banana, ‘ghaagar nimbu’, coconut, apple, orange and sugarcane are also bought for the ritual.