Published on : Wednesday, October 18, 2017
India is celebrating Diwali- the festival of lights, arguably as one of the biggest religious and social celebration of lights, colours and crackers. Your neighbourhood decorates with candles, earthen lamps, rice light and led chains which create a fairy fantasy that challenges the dark and gloomy ambience.
But the most popular legend is that Diwali was celebrated in early era to welcome Lord Rama back to his home in Ayodhya after 14 years of long exile and victory over Ravana. In modern India, Diwali is celebrated with grandeur. Not only that the Hindu community in USA, Thailand, Malaysia, Mauritius, Guyana, Nepal and Fiji celebrate Diwali and observed as the holidays.
When you get a holiday, you are energized to escape from your home and the see the other states of India or in other countries where Diwali is celebrated.
It is the royal city of Rajasthan dazzles with lights and colours. The city is decorated with lights, flowers and other decorative pieces. More the city gets darker, more the skyline get more beautiful and brighter. The vibrant city life of Jaipur becomes a hotspot for the national and international tourists. This place shows the hue Indian culture, festivities and celebrations.
Goa throughout the year is a place of greatest celebration of hippie culture. But during the celebration of Diwali the city sees the biggest congregation while burning the effigies of giant sized and scarcest Narakasura. Goa believes the day when Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura preserved as the day of Narak Chaturdashi- the day before Diwali.
Varanasi is enriched with the conservative and traditional culture of North India. This temple city in Uttar Pradesh during Diwali gets emblazed with the lights and the earthen lamps. The fascinating beauty of ghats becomes more charming during Ganga arti, drenched with the smell of rich aromatic flavour of the incense sticks.
Kolkata- City of Joy
It is the Diwali life what enjoyed Kolkata a lot in the formation of Kali Puja. The people of Bengal celebrate Diwali in the form of Lakshmi Puja also. Often known as India’s quietest celebration, Kolkata presents the religious customs rather than euphoria of fire crackers.
Nathdwara- Celebration through Paintings
Visit Nathdwara, a holy town in Udaipur District of Rajasthan, celebrate Diwali with the flying of sky lantern Diwali is widely celebrated there as the important Annakuta festival falls a day after it. This town is notified for traditional Pichwai paintings, featuring scenes from Lord Krishna’s life. Here in this time, merriment continues the day after Diwali with a special Goverdhan Puja which is commemorated for Lord Krishna’s victory over Indra the Rain God.
If you visit Delhi, you can see the real ecstasy during Diwali festive. Delhi is famed for the special Diwali market for fire crackers and the variant sweets. Dilli Haat at INA holds a famous Diwali Bazaar in the lead-up to the festival. For the carnival of handicrafts annual Dastkar Festival of Lights or Diwali Mela is worth visiting.
So, visit the different cities of India, popular for the history, culture and its markets. Some places are best fit for the religious fervor and some are for the enigma of pop-culture during Diwali. Please keep in mind, while visiting India during Diwali, don’t forget to take the face masks and the covered dress as the pollution doubles in the metro cities especially in Delhi.
Please come, visit and celebrate safe Diwali in India.