DNA | Last Modified - Nov 19, 2010, 07:28 AM IST
Ahmedabad: With the rain gods being 'over generous' and the drought district having received more than 200 per cent of rainfall this monsoon, the highest in the state this time, the 450-year-old historic Hamirsar Lake in the heart of city is likely to overflow one more time because of the current spell of unseasonal rainfall during the past five days.
The large lake which resembles the Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad in that both have a beautiful mid-lake garden, has received considerable rain water from its mountainous catchment area and the new Bhuj municipal president is all for holding one more thanksgiving ceremony in the form of the traditional puja of the lake and offer megh laddoos to its residents at a community dinner.
"Yes, I am for holding puja of the lake and a public programme of megh laddoo when its overflows.
I will not be doing any new thing as this has been a tradition from the days when Kutch was a princely state and the puja was performed by the royalty. I have only to confirm that it is permitted by our shastras, as one puja was performed and megh laddoos were offered to Bhuj citizens when it had overflowed for the first time last August," Narendra Meghaji Thakar, the young municipal president, popularly known as Shankarbhai said.
But there are people who are not keen on the second puja of the lake on its second overflowing. "This overflowing will be from unseasonal rains.The overflowing has to be from regular rainfall in monsoon only. It will not be correct if the new president holds a community dinner. He can do it for his personal pleasure," Tarunkant Chhaya, convener of Jal Kshrots Sneh Samwardhan said.
Devraj Gandhavi, president in the last municipality who had performed the puja in August said that though the calendar year is new from the Diwali New Year day, the monsoon season is the same.
He said the lake had overflown more than 10 times this season itself. He, however, has no objection to the traditional community dinner as the money for the megh laddoos will be spent personally by the current municipal president, as had been done here in the past.