Pune gears up for Makar Sankranti celebrations

Pune: Preparations for the Makar Sankranti festival are in full swing in Laxmi road, Ravivarpeth, a neighborhood located near the famous Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple in Pune. Makar Sankranti is a major Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and is typically celebrated with kite-flying, bonfires, and religious ceremonies.

The market near the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple is bustling with activity as vendors sell budget-friendly  colorful kites, strings, and other items needed for the kite-flying tradition. The streets are also decorated with brightly colored lights and banners, adding to the festive atmosphere.
In addition to the kite-flying, people also gather around bonfires on the night before Makar Sankranti to perform religious rituals and offer prayers to the sun god. Special delicacies such as tilgul, a sweet made of sesame seeds and jaggery, and puran poli, a sweet roti filled with lentils and jaggery, are also prepared for the occasion.

The city is gearing up for a grand celebration of Makar Sankranti, and residents are looking forward to enjoying the festivities with their friends and family.

“Makar sankranti is the first festival that comes in the new year.  We are searching for tilgul sweet and for budget friendly gifts to be given to relatives and friends. The whole market has festive vibes and we are enjoying our shopping experience,”  saud Shila Pathkar, an enthusiastic shopper. 

“Special importance is given for these small black pots (मटका) during makar sankranti and so,  ladies have bought this for their rituals. With four days left for sankranti, the market seems so full.” said Rakesh Dimbe, pot vendor, raviwar peth. 

Nishikant Pimpre of Hi-fashion cloth shop said that people are particularly asking for black sarees and black clothes which have significance during the Makar Sankranti festival. 

Nividita Kelapure

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