Gwalior, 21 October 2014: The traffic police in the city had a tough time going about their job on Tuesday. This was because city streets were bustling with people who were on their way to celebrate Dhanteras. Even the price rise could not affect the spirit of the locals.
The most favorite items were the steel products including household utensils and articles used to worship God. Shops selling electronic items, be it television, mobile phones or electronic gadgets did brisk business. Gold and silver had always been considered as the best buy during Dhanteras.
So traditionally on Tuesday Sarafa Bazaar is closed, but this Tuesday was something really distinctive. Streets packed with people from one end of the road to another, jewellery and utensil shops overflowing with customers. Police using extra force to handle the enthusiastic crowd. People came up with families and friends to celebrate Dhanteras at Sarafa Bazaar in Gwalior. There were also setup of food stalls and rides for kids.
Due to tremendous crowd on Dhanteras, entry into the Sarafa Bazaar with a four wheeler was closed under 3km of its diameter. On every three steps there were group constables to keep eye on the visitors. In major places of the market, police established a tower over which a constable was keeping eye on the visitors and also giving admonition to them with a mic. Gwalior Police ensured that security for the visitors should be at max.
Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated in India. The festival, known as “Dhanatrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”.The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calendar. It is lionized on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin.
Money comes and goes like anything for the entire year. That doesn’t stop Gwaliorites from shopping. This is the best time for people to shop as it had been a tradition in many families. Businessmen from the city were also delighted with the awesome response.