makarshnkrantiMakar Sankarnt is one of the prime festivals of Maharashtrians. The festival sees a lot of Tilgul sweets being offered to the lord. However, with a sharp rise in the prices of sesame seeds and jaggery, making tilguls this year, could be acostly affair for the people, reports Vrushali Chitre. Tilguls are the sweets that are prepared from sesame and jaggery and people exchange them on the day of Makar Sankranti. However, these sweets now may taste bitter as the effect of price rise can also be seen on sesame seeds and jaggery in the market. For tilguls people usually purchase polished sesame, which are rarely available on other days, but can be seen for sale during Makar Sankranti. Similar is the case with chikki jaggery, which is normally used while making chikkis and tilguls. As compared to last year, the prices of sesame have increased almost 50%. Current retail price of the high quality sesame seeds is rupees 120 to 130 per kilogram while the medium quality costs upto rupees 85 to rupees 90. Last year the price of both qualities of sesame seeds was rupees 60 to rupees 62. Another retailer gave the reaosnbehind the price rise. On the other hand, this year the price of chikki jaggery is rupees 40 to rupees 46, while last year the price was rupees 28 to rupees 30. While residents are feeling the pinch to their pockets, many are already finding alternatives. However, with some the price rise hasn’t affected the mood of the celebration and are keen on shopping for sesame and jaggery. With cameraperson Kala Jadhav, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV news.

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