Bhopal residents celebrated the festival of lights with great fervor on Wednesday as a celebratory mood reigned marketplaces and houses which were decked with colourful lights, flowers, traditional earthen lamps and rangolis. The sound of firecrackers resonated across the city, with families taking to the streets to celebrate the festival.
Apart from rituals performed at home, people thronged the Mahalaxmi temple, Nehru Nagar, where a a Maha arti was performed.
Shops, especially those selling sweets, stayed open till late in the night as people exchanged sweets and gifts to mark the occasion.
Businessmen at Chowk Bazar, New Market and 10 number market performed Laxmi pooja and celebrated Diwali with their families at their establishments.
Residences of VIPs such as CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan witnessed a beeline of people coming to greet them. Various ministers of Chouhan’s cabinet, police officers and bureaucrats visited him to greet him on the occasion.
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav also met people at Raj Bhavan.
The newly launched ‘Dial 100’ remained on patrol to keep a check on untoward incidents.
Though few fire incidents marred the celebrations including a somewhat major fire at Barkhedi, no loss of life was reported, fire department officials said.
FIRE BREAKS OUT AT BARKHEDI FACTORY
A major fire broke out in a food factory in Barkhedi in the wee hours of Thursday. Goods worth Rs 1 lakh were gutted in the fire. About half a dozen other fire incidents were also reported across the city, but no casualties were reported.
Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) fire officer Sajid Khan said, “Barring the fire of food factory, all others were minor incidents that were immediately controlled. Five fire tenders controlled the fire at the food factory. Prima facie, it appears that it broke out due to a fire cracker.”