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Patna10 hours agoAuthor: Indrabhushan Mishra
Sheela Devi, a resident of Rajendra Nagar, has been setting up a fruit shop here for the last several years.
- On the occasion of Chhath in the entire Bihar, there is a turnover of about 300 crores, on an average every household spends Rs 3 to 4 thousand.
- Patna Fruit Association says that in Patna alone a loss of Rs 5-10 crores is compared to last time.
From Kerwa J Farela Ghavad, Oh to Suga Medrai, UJ Khabari to Janibo Adit, Suga Dele Juthiaye… Patna’s Gandhi Ghat, people are preparing for Chhath. Making ghats by cutting mud. There is a good crowd of Chhath Vratis. Songs are playing However, the enthusiasm seems less than last year. Due to Corona, the administration has directed to perform Chhath Puja at home but, even after this, people are coming to the Ghats.
Danger Zone is surrounded by a red cloth. The NDRF team is stationed at the front, the vehicles of the administration are also coming for a while. Mike is appealing to people to avoid Corona and wear masks. But where people are going to believe, less people are seen wearing masks.
The market under the over bridge next to Patna Junction is a bustling place for people, more crowded than usual. Fruit shops are lined up in a row, big reeds are kept. Sheela Devi, a resident of Rajendra Nagar, has been setting up a fruit shop here for years. This time too, his shop is very decorated, all those fruits are in his shop, which are bought for Chhath, but not subscribed.
Gandhi Ghat of Patna, people are preparing for Chhath. Making ghats by cutting mud. There is a good crowd of Chhath Vratis.
She says, ‘I took a loan from the Mahas and set up shop. You are seeing that the Ekco customer is not coming. Never before has this happened during Chhath. There was such a crowd of people that we had to call boys from outside to run the shop. But I am sitting empty since morning. She says that due to the corona and lockdown people have broken their back. Poor people have lost their jobs. Where will they have money left that Chhath will do. If they can muster up the courage to do Chhath, then they will do almost nothing. If Chhath Maiya is pleased, then there will be some income, otherwise, from whom I borrow money and set up shop, he will only abuse me.
Moving a little further from here, Tanija Khatoon was found, who is setting up shop here on the occasion of Chhath for 5-6 years. She sells stoves made of clay. In Chhath, offerings are made on these stoves made of clay. It is said that every year 12–12 thousand were earned. But this time 2 thousand has not been sold. Even if some people come, they leave after asking the price. It was thought that if there will be some income, then the daughter has to get married, will get some help.
Tanija says that there was a good income last year, but this time people are leaving after asking the price.
Satyanarayan Sharma hails from Saharsa. Every year on the occasion of Chhath, come here and set up shop. They sell soup and kanchi (daura). Says, ‘Last year, there was an earning of 30-40 thousand rupees. Hundreds of soups and grooves were sold. But, this time the cost of commuting is gone.
Shatrughan also has a shop nearby. He has come from Bihta with his mother. It is said, ‘Last time a khanchi of Rs.10 thousand was sold, but this time there has not been any sowing. Already there was a fear in the mind that the market would not be the same as before. Because many people in Corona have closed their business. People who used to earn from outside for Chhath are still sitting at home, they have not gone out after lockdown. How will he do Chhath without money.
The trains are getting crowded here. People are going to their respective homes with reed and suplee for Chhath. However, during this time neither social distancing is being taken care of nor people are wearing masks. Deepak from Ara works in a private company in Delhi. They are going to their village.
They say, I have taken leave for Chhath. This time as if Chhath is happening, but the budget is less. Shopping has been done with little to no. Just tradition is being played. More than 100 people used to do Chhath every year in my village but this time 10 people are not doing it either.
Satyanarayan Sharma, a resident of Saharsa, sets up shop here on the occasion of Chhath every year. They sell soup and kanchi (daura).
There is a turnover of about 300 crores on the occasion of Chhath in entire Bihar. On an average each household spends Rs 3 to 4 thousand. This time very few people are doing Chhath. Whatever they are doing, their budget has decreased. According to Patna Fruit Association, losses of Rs 5-10 crore have been incurred in Patna alone compared to last time. Similarly, the vegetables and bullion market has also suffered damage. Earlier many people used to buy gold and silver soup.
Renowned folk singer Vijaya Bharati says that this corona should show us the day. Folk artists are already in bad condition, Chhath was expected to get some relief but now he is also not getting it. Chhath is a folk festival, there is participation of folk artists.
For us, this festival is like a festival. Every year, we were invited from all over the country for cultural programs, stage shows. But, this time such programs are not happening, only online is expected. There is also no scope for younger artists.