Shimla: Marking the 8th day of Navratra’s, considered auspicious under the Hindu calendar, the Law department of Himachal Pradesh University adhering to an old tradition of the faculty, organized a Bhandara (holy feast) on the campus today.
Besides the students’ community, teaching and non-teaching staff of the university, and outsiders were served a free lunch, which lead to overcrowding at the venue. Long queue could be seen waiting for their turn to the eating area.
The department has been organizing such Bhandaras during every Navratra’s for the past many years that is funded by voluntary contributions made by the law department students.
Neha Thakur, a 4th semester law student, “It is a legacy that we have inherited from our grand seniors. It does give us a chance to host all students of the university to share a common meal once in a year.”
With Navratras counted as a holy festive season in much of the city, besides the Bhandara in the university, feasts were organized in several parts of Shimla, which included Lower Bazaar, Middle Bazaar, IGMC, Panthaghati, Sanjauli, SDA Complex and others.
Crowds at temples were more than normal and several communities had set up stalls at various points and fruits and other food items were offered to all those passed-byes.