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FUN AND FROLIC MARK RANG PANCHAMI

Gers and Faag yatra taken out, cannons spray myriad colours on revelers

Indore: Rang Panchami saw its peak during the time of the Holkars and it was revived on Monday when the Indoreans celebrated it with revelry. With this, the 5- daylong Holi festivities came to an end. Several Ger were taken out and large number of revelers took part in them.

Local residents didn’t miss any opportunity to have a dekko at the traditional yatra, which has been organizing for decades.

People use to celebrate Rang Panchami with much enthusiasm than Holi, the Festival of Colors. Like every year, it was no different this time also.

The Ger of various organizations were taken out from several parts of the city and they splashed colored- water through canons and gulals added colour to the already colorful atmosphere. Besides ‘ Gers’, a Fag atra was also taken out in the the city.

Water cannons installed on the vehicles splashed colors at an elevation of 150 feet and soaked the revelers. However, in the ‘ Fag atra’ only ‘ Gulal’ was used extensively.

Over 20,000 people took part in the Ger. They all had a layer of different colors on their faces— Red, ellow, Violet, Green etc. For welcoming the Ger, various stages were set, where people were served bhang. Besides, special attention was given to music. People danced to the Holi numbers of Bollywood. Womenfolk from across the city also participated in the ‘ Ger’ as well.

Tableaux taken out Various tableaux were also taken out on the occasion. People applauded when a dare- devilry act was performed. It was not only the participants who enjoyed the Ger but also the spectators who came to the city from different parts of Malwa region. The same enthusiasm was seen this year as well.

Politicos take part in Sangam Corner Ger A colorful Ger, jointly organized by Sanstha Srijun and Sangam Corner Rangpanchami Mahotsav Samiti, was taken out from Sangam Corner. The Ger passed through was Kailash Marg at 10 am. It was the 58th year of their participation.

The Ger reached Telibakhal, Malharganj, Dhanmandi, Tori Corner, Gora Kund, Rajwada, Veer Savarkar market, Sarafa, Itawaria Bazaar, Loharpati and culminated at Kailash Marg. The organizer deployed a pump to spray colours. Ger coordinator Kamlesh Khandelwal said that the organization had taken special measures for saving water. He said senior politicians— Industry Minister Kailash Vijayvergiya, MLAs Ramesh Mendola, Tulsi Silawat and others took part in the Ger.

The district administration has also geared up to maintain law and order in the city. Police force was seen on its toes to avert any untoward incident during the atra. However, the coordinator of Ger alleged that the district administration stopped the Ger for more than half- an- hour, which created a chaos like situation.

They said that the Ger was taken out on time through the pre- decided path but the administration stopped it in the mid- way without any reason. PANCHAMI

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