Berhampur, Oct 27 (LocalWire): The North Indian mithai (sweets) and dry fruits have become an integral part of the celebration of Diwali in Berhampur, the biggest town in southern Odisha.
The market, this time, is flooded with varieties of sweets and dry fruit packed in attractive packages on the eve of Diwali.
With a number of north Indians making the Silk City their home, there has been an increase in the number of sweet shops to cater to their palate.
The people of north India, who consider Diwali as the biggest annual festival, made a beeline to the sweet shops on Saturday, on the eve of the festival of lights.
‘We have prepared at least 25 different varieties of sweets on the occasion of Diwali,’ said a sweetshop owner here.
Similarly Samarendra Dash, owner of New Calcutta Sweets, said they made special sweets on the occasion of Diwali.
The other sweet shops Calcutta Sweets, Ganguram, Debi Mistanna Bhandar and several others have also prepared a variety of sweets to cater to the requirement of their consumers, particularly north Indians.
‘Keeping the increased demand for sweets on the occasion, we are preparing motichur and kashmir ladoo, kaju and badam barfi,’ said a shop owner.
All these sweets are made of pure ghee and cost between Rs 300 to 500 per kg. For people going in for less expensive sweets, there are laddoos made in vegetable oil ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 150, he said.
The demand for sweets of new varieties has increased as home-made cakes that were earlier offered to Goddess Kali, has taken a backseat.
‘Earlier we used to prepare sweets at home to offer during puja and also to distribute to relatives and friends on the occasion of Diwali,’ said Ranjan Sharma of Rajasthan.
With the advent of new age and change of taste of the new generation, the homemade cakes have been replaced by sweets from shops, Sharma added.