Diwali festival has already embraced its presence on the day one itself with the “Dhanteras” echoing loud at the jewellery shops, the people of Dhenkanal seems to be filled with the much-anticipated hustle and bustle for the festivity. The Diwali fervour has woke-up the town again. On the other hand, the State government has banned the use of fireworks this year, which is boosting the local potters and vendors who are selling ‘earthen lamps’ in their overall sell. While the festival is round the corner, barely two days to go, the vendors and potters have set-up their temporary shops across every markets of the city.
“The use of clay lamps(diyas) in Diwali is a traditional ritual, which is almost followed by every household who celebrates Diwali ” said Sushant Sahu, a native of Dhenkanal town.
“Since last few years, the trend of using clay lamps in on trend, surpassing the use of the previously used imported electric lamps across the town, which is not only boosting the local economy as well as helping the local potters to earn something to support their families” said Padan, a Potter cum clay lamp(diyas) seller.
” We used to prepare the clay lamps(diyas) before 15-20 days ahead of Diwali, and we sell them in the local market with the price of RS 10 for 10-12 small size clay lamps(diyas) and for rs 10 for 5-6 big size clay lamps” he added.
With only a few days left for the festival of lights, common folks are much anticipated and are seen jostling in the crowd to buy the clay lamps from the temporary set shops across the town, which is also contributing optimism to the local potters cum sellers.
Pratikshya, a buyer said, ” I am an environment lover, and I do not use crackers since last 5 years, earthen diyas are true heritage of our culture, we should use this diyas in Diwali.”