ALLAHABAD: With festival of lights fast approaching and citizens making up their minds to celebrate this Diwali in an eco friendly way, potters are a step ahead to shape up designer and attractive earthen diyas. Potters in Naini, Manda, Bharatganj, Dighiya, Rajapur and adjoining areas have taken up the preparations of earthen pots on a grand scale assuming that the sale of earthen diya would break all the previous records.
Potters in Naini and Manda claim traders from city have already placed their orders since citizens have demanded designer and traditional diyas to worship their Gods.
Ajeet, a potter, told TOI the sale of earthen made diya was down for the past four years since the Chinese lights had grabbed the entire decorative markets. He added, “This year, potter community hopes for better sale of diyas as their demand starts pouring in from all corners.
Another potterwoman said, “We have heard that people are being encouraged to celebrate the festival of lights in a traditional way. I have started receiving small orders and am sure it will bring the smile back on many faces this year.”
Not only ordinary diyas that bring positivity in terms of energy, shoppers are also asking for modern diyas for their puja houses and to decorate homes as well.
A section of shoppers also searches for paper quilling and glass diyas to decorate their homes. Glass diyas are available in many shapes and sizes, giving a unique look to the diyas. Besides, expensive metal diyas are also in demand among elites as these metal diyas have lot of strategically-placed carvings that let the light out. Acrylic rangoli diyas have also gained popularity among buyers.