Pomp & Gaiety Mark Steel City’s Diwali And Kali Puja | Ranchi News


JAMSHEDPUR: After two years of muted festivities due to Covid-19, colourful lights lit up buildings and earthen lamps dotted houses as residents in Steel City celebrated Diwali with pomp on Monday.
“There was no big celebration in the last two years due to the pandemic. This year we made the most of the festival,” said Akshay Pathak (26), a Kadma resident.
In a welcome shift from bursting crackers to lighting up homes, the industrial town resembled a bridal look, with almost every part of it drenched in colourful lights. “Though we burst firecrackers, our focus was more on decorating the house with lights and crafts,” said Rohit Kumar (32), a Tata Steel employee.
The short spell of rain that lashed the city around 7 pm caused some concern among the enthusiasts. “We had to immediately remove the paper and plastic art from the lawns. But after the rain stopped, we put them back,” said Dharmendra Kumar (52), a Bistupur resident.
Apart from exchanging sweets and gifts, the devotees also celebrated Kali Puja with devotion. The Kali temples and pandals witnessed long queue of devotees. “I had gone to Kadma market area Kali Puja pandal to offer pushpanjali,” said D K Jha (44), a resident of Ram Nagar, Sonari, who has come from Noida to be with his parents on Diwali and Chhath.
Meanwhile, police patrolling in the town was intensified on the intervening night, as pandal hoppers and devotees were out on the streets till late in the night.The entry of heavy vehicles was banned for the day on Tuesday. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the town on the festival day.
In a tragic incident, a tea seller Nand Kishore Yadav (40) died of electrocution while decorating his house with lights.
The victim came in contact with a live wire while fitting the lights, according to the police. The mishap occurred in Gwalapati area under Pursudih police station limits on Monday evening.


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