Not only idols of Laxmi and Ganesha of varying designs, sizes and shape, but also utensils, jewellery and other decorative figures were in high demand on the occasion of Dhanteras here on Friday.
Small and medium-sized idols, mostly of terracotta in different colours, were on display at different roadside stalls, which saw a heavy rush of buyers.
People bought household items as a sign of good luck. Jewellery and utensils' stores were jam-packed and people had to wait for hours to make purchases of various items.
This festival marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations and that is why it is considered the first day of five-day-long festivities of Diwali.
The term “Dhanteras” consists of two factors “dhan”, which means wealth and “teras”, which means 13th. Here, 13th is meant to indicate “Trayodashi”, i.e. the 13th day of the month on which Dhanteras falls.
People worship Yamraj, the God of death, on this day and light a diya in the night to offer prayers to him to bless them with prosperity, well-being and protection.
It was difficult to cross through the main bazaar of Hamirpur as there was heavy rush of people moving from one place to another making purchases.
The decision of the district administration banning plying of vehicles through the main bazaar of the town helped the aged, women and children.
Sat Dev Sharma, 92, said he was happy with the decision of the district administration banning playing of vehicles through the main bazaar of Hamirpur for three days. He said he came all alone in the bazaar and was returning home easily after making necessary purchases despite huge rush of customers in the town.
Sharma said last year he had to face multifarious problems in the bazaar and his family members had to be summoned to take him back due to heavy rush of vehicles plying through the town.