Lucknow, Nov 9 (UNI) The sparkling festival of 'Diwali,' is being celebrated with great fervour and gaiety in Uttar Pradesh.
Amid tight security arrangements being made on the day, people had a bang of enjoyment. Long queue of devouts was seen thronging temples, from the morning itself.
According to the ritual, people worship Godess Lakshmi and God Ganesh on the day for properity and good luck.
Diwali celebrations cannot be even thought of without sweat, crackers and lightening...while, some preferred home made sweats, many others went for readymades.
The fashion of wishing the festival by exhanging sweatmeats and decorating houses with electrnoic lights was seen maintained, with fire crackers burst starting late evening.
However, several schools and colleges of the state had launched 'anti-fire crackers movement' to observe safe and peaceful Diwali this season.
The trend of passing SMS (short message service), wishing luck and happiness, especially by youth, continued throughout the day.
Lakhs of devotees thronged Chitrakoot to participate in the 'Deepawali Mela' and to lit the first earthern lamp (diya). The place hold importance, as after defeating Ravanva, Lord Ram lit the first 'diya' here.
Whereas, Ayodhya, seemed to have taken a dip in the yellow colour, with 'diyas' litting all around. Lord Ram had returned home in the holy city after 14 yrs of exile.
Alert was sounded in several sensitive and religious places to avoid any untoward incident in the state. Besides, an extra vigil was kept at malls, multiplexes with frisking and checking intensified at the railway and bus stations.
Besides, the state has purchased extra power at the rate as high as Rs 6 per unit to maintain the supply level for Diwali, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) official G B Patnaik informed.