Hyderabad: Here's A temple that places head over everything else.
At the Tirumala Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, at least 20,000 people tonsure their heads as a form of obeisance to the Lord every day. That's a lot of hair and the temple has a well-oiled mechanism to make sure that this doesn't go waste.
Last year, the temple earned over Rs 30 crore from the sale of hair. This year, the business is even better. With two lakh kilograms, the temple expects to earn around Rs 40 crore.
A large chunk of the hair goes into making wigs. The hair - particularly the long, black tresses of women - are in great demand by wig makers around the word. Traders buy smaller, spiky hair to prepare amino acids that's used by food processing units.
At the end of each day, mounds of hair are arranged on the basis of length and quality and sent for cleaning and drying. They are then arranged into neat bundles and tagged and stored for sale.
The hair is auctioned every two months and parties from India and abroad take part in the bidding.
People who have 'offered' their hair to the presiding deity include several presidents, prime ministers, chief ministers, governors, top businessmen and film personalities.
Ties of love
Mumbai: Visually impaired women of the National Association For The Blind are making tricolour rakhis for soldiers deployed in Jodhpur, Jammu, Srinagar, Leh, Guwahati and Mumbai.
Based on the 'Tiranga' theme, the rakhis are being at Utkarsh. The women are delighted to be given an opportunity to send these rakhis to the soldiers at the border.