And even as the religious fervour picks up, makers and sellers of these designer chillums arrive here with their products - mostly from Raeojah village in Damoh, MP. "Around 20 families like mine have arrived from MP here with 5,000 to 6,000 chillums each. Depending on the size, shape and design, each chillum sells for anywhere between Rs. 15 and Rs. 150," said 21-year-old Rajendra Prajapati, a potter.
Explaining the legacy behind smoking the chillum, sadhu Sanjay Giri of the Shri Panch Dasnaam Juna Akhara, said, "For the smoker, it is almost as if the spirit of Lord Shiva enters him through the act. We believe smoking the chillum purges the body and mind, thereby helping us meditate."