Patna Gears up for Rakhi

Heavy crowd at a rakhi shop in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Patna on Saturday was all set to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, or Rakhi, the Hindu festival signifying the strong emotional bond between brothers and sisters, on Sunday as thousands of shops across the city mushroomed along roadsides almost overnight to cater to the needs of Patna'ites.

Heavy crowd was seen at Rakhi shops around the city where Rakhis were being sold in all size, shapes, colors, and moods. Equally large crowd was seen at many gift and sweet shops for the Sunday event that also coincides with Shrawani Purnima, one of the most auspicious days of the year according to the Hindu tradition and mythology.

Meanwhile, in a very first for the state, the Bihar State Road Transportation Corporation (BSRTC), to recognize the importance of Rakhi, has declared Sunday a 'free-ticket' day for all girls and women on all city and state buses until Sunday midnight.

Six routes in Patna, one in Hajipur, two in Muzaffarpur, and one in Darbhanga have been declared 'ticket-free' for Sunday. This affects 76 buses in Patna alone and 12 in other cities, BSRTC Secretary Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said.

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