Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Aug 4: Earthen lamps, religious flags hailing Lord Shri Ram, laddus being prepared in heaps and a festive spirit, prevailed in the city today, the eve of the big day in history when the foundation ceremony for the Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be held with millions of lamps across political and national divides in celebration of a dream come true — a tribute to faith, belief and perseverance of a people determined to give Ram Lalla His due.
Raghu, a middle aged potter and a resident of Kumhar Para in Baradwari Devnagar had a glowing countenance as he beamed, “Since the past week, we have been working overtime to make earthen lamps of all shapes and sizes to meet the demands of customers.
I have, in all these years, never seen such demands even during Dipawali times. By the grace of Lord Ram, we may be able to patch up for the lean times we went through during the lockdown period.” The others of Raghu’s ilk may have felt the same. It was only early evening when this correspondent chatted to the potter. Even the looming clouds and sound of distant thunder did not deter the constant flow of customers on the Baradwari-Bhalubasa stretch of the Straight Mile Road.
The market places of Sakchi, Bistupur and Jugsalai were abuzz as usual but the religious banners fluttered like flames even under a monsoon sky. Perhaps Lord Indra too got swayed by the spirit of the nation as was evident in that the rains held and people out to collect their flags, their prayer requisites and oil and wicks for lamps flitted from shop to shop and stall to stall to make their purchases before the gates of heaven opened. And they did.
There was a downpour in the evening but after an hour, the crowds were back to ensure that nothing was left for the eleventh hour of Big Day, August 5.
Cotton wick vendors too were doing brisk business.
They did not have to run after customers. It was a rare occasion to see customers swarming around them. These people may remain in dim-lit, shabby tenements but their hand rolled cotton wicks will light up the aesthetic spirit of mankind.
The purely religious minded will rejoice in uninhibited glee. But one face of human kindness was witnessed accidentally when this scribe saw a kid barely three years old and brought up perhaps on the pavements, trying to shelter a puppy with his shabby shirt when the first drops of rain was felt. As this scribe scampered for cover, he could not get the sight out of his mind. Was the child Shri Ram?