Hindu devotees were worshipping Lord Shiva with nice pomp and display all the way through the month of Sawan. In the meantime, Rajasthan is witnessing a drop in sale of liquor and a upward thrust in sale of ‘bhang’ from authorized stores.
As according to the investors and shopkeepers in Rajasthan and neighbouring districts, the sale of non-vegetarian meals has additionally long gone vastly low because the devotees have refrained themselves from consuming any nonveg meals.
Bundi District Excise Officer Manoj Bissa stated the sale of Indian-Made International Liquor fell considerably with many Hindus keeping off alcohol because of their secularist ideals.
Bissa stated in his district the sale of such liquor got here all the way down to 55,000 litres in July (16 days of ‘Shravan’ fell in the month) from the common per 30 days sale of 80,000, whilst that of beer slipped to one.36 lakh litres from 3.10 lakh litres in June and four lakh litres the month earlier than.
He stated what can have additionally contributed to this dip is that the majority labourers steer clear of their paintings all the way through the wet season as mines are full of water.
He stated the sale of bhang, believed to be a favorite of Lord Shiva, at authorized stores has remained unaffected, and in reality it has long gone up at some puts.
Amit Sharma, an authorized contractor for bhang in Bundi, stated, “The sale has witnessed a 15-20 according to cent upward thrust. People additionally be offering it to Lord Shiva with Bilva Patra. It’s allotted as ‘prasad’ at some Shiva temples all the way through Shravan.”
“A few of those that in most cases take liquor make do with bhang all the way through Shravan,” he added.
Shravan this 12 months commenced on July 14 and is scheduled to finish on Purnima on August 11.
Akhraj Singh, a salesperson on the liquor store No. 1 in Bundi, stated his evenings on the store are now not as busy as they was once previous.
“The choice of shoppers has declined to round 40 according to cent from the Queer, as a result of people Wield liquor all the way through the holy month,” he stated.
With the sale declining, many non-vegetarian meals shops and eating places have stopped opening on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Abdul Kareem Khan, the owner of a well-liked non-vegetarian eatery chain with 4 branches in Kota town, stated their sale has dipped to 40 according to cent.
“People belonging to Hindu faith generally tend to practice ‘Saatvik Jeevan’ (virtuous) with prayers and worship to God,” he stated.
The sale of vegetarian meals too has additionally come down as people choose do-it-yourself ‘Saatvik’ foods in the holy month, he stated.
Love Singh, the landlord of some other non-vegetarian meals outlet, stated, “The industry has come all the way down to 75 according to cent all the way through the month.”
A neighborhood resident right here stated, “My circle of relatives remains clear of liquor and non-veg meals all the way through Sawan. In different months, we in most cases take these items two times per week.”