A number of international athletes and delegates were today greeted by Indian volunteers and players at Commonwealth Games Village with 'tilak' as part of the ongoing 'Navratri' celebrations.
Athletes and foreign journalists working here were seen wearing 'vermilion' or 'tilak' on their forehead. "I had gone to visit some places where some women put tilak on me. They said it is a part of Navratri," said an athlete from Isle of Man.
The 'Navratri' meaning nine nights/days signifies religious festival for worshiping different forms of Goddess Durga. "It is good to see people celebrating here," said John, a Canadian, who had come to cover Games.
Other than the tilak on the forehead, rest everything was usual in the Village on the eigth day of the competition. The international area also buzzed with a fair amount of athletes who enjoyed facilities at the games parlours, massage centre, bar and restaurants.
Many were seen interacting with other players in the area around the amphitheatre. The 12-day long event featuring 17 sport disciplines like archery, cycling, gymnastics, swimming, boxing and shooting will conclude on October 14.