Bhubaneswar: With the festival of colours barely a couple of days away, markets in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, as well as the rest of the state, are packed with a wide variety of colours, pichkaris and accessories.

Amid increasing concerns on the health effects of synthetic colours in recent times, the focus of the people has been shifting towards adopting safe and eco-friendly colours for Holi.

On the occasion of Dola Purnima, Odias, will play Holi with the divine. The idols of Lord Krishna will be carried in processions from nearby temples to local households, where the deities will be treated to sweets, flowers and colours. Apart from this, Dola Melana will be observed with vibrant music of kirtan mandalis observing Dola Jatra.

Apart from colours, there is a wide range of Holi related accessories that is finding takers from all age groups. Wigs, masks, caps, gloves, dental caps have flooded the stores all across the twin cities.

Also, there is huge variety of ‘pichkaris’ or water guns available in the market. To woo the kids, these have the most popular cartoon characters printed on them like Chhota Bheem, Ben 10, Angry Birds, Spiderman and Doremon etc.

Holi will be celebrated on Friday.