City decked up for navratara festivities
LUDHIANA: The auspicious nineday festival of Navratras commenced on Wednesday with the city taking a different colour.
Small and big pandals have come up in different areas. Puja samagri shops, especially in the old city, are ready with beautiful idols of Goddess Durga, along with colourful chunari and accessories to adorn the female Goddess.
The temples are shimmering and illuminated on the occasion with people thronging them to seek divine blessings.
Shops are offering a ready thali consisting vermilion, camphor, coconut, barley seeds, lotus. Restaurants across the city are saving the fasting city folk the task of preparing the navratri meal that uses special ingredients and is strictly vegetarian.
The mouth-watering recipes are attracting the people who aren't fasting. Florists, clothes and sweet shops are witnessing a sharp rise in sales.