Diwali, being the biggest festival of India and the most grandeur festival in Hinduism is celebrated with great joy and excitement by the Indians. Fondly called as the festival of lights, this festival signifies the return of Lord Rama back to Ayodhya after defeating the evil king Ravana of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya celebrated the occasion by lighting diyas, lights and lanterns to mark their beloved king’s arrival. Thus, since then every year during the months of October and November corresponding to the native Hindu calendar, occasion of Diwali is celebrated.
On the night of Diwali – Indians adorn their houses, light diyas and colorful candles, followed by “Lakshmi Puja” (worshiping of Goddess Lakshmi) and fire different types of crackers. Many people exchange gifts and sweets among their friends and relatives. The country is spell struck by the huge enigma of Diwali, various major cities of India are beautifully embellished for this majestic occasion. People from all age groups – children, teenagers, adults and even the old are mingled into the colors of Diwali.
We take you through a trip of different Indian cities which celebrate Diwali in their unique traditions. And one must pay a visit, once to these cities during Diwali.
You have to be in Jaipur, to experience the extravaganza of decorations, festivities and celebrations. Pink city, as it is known to the world is magnificently graced with artistry during the Diwali. All the houses in the city are wonderfully decorated. Streets, pathways, parks and other public places are incredibly designed by colorful lights and rangolis.
Different local musicians play pure Rajasthani folk music in the markets. The Bazaars are ornamented by different patterns of lighting and decorations. The whole mood of the city is full of excitement during this time of the year. People buy food, clothes, gifts, ceramics and other items in the markets. Delicious Rajasthani cuisine is an icing on the cake. The famous Jaipur Shopping festival is conducted every year during Diwali to vow buyers from around the world. The beautiful forts and palaces of Jaipur speak of the glorious traditions and customs of Rajputana.
Another great city of Rajasthan, the city of lakes or the Udaipur is a enthrall treat for the patrons of architecture and art during Diwali. Moreover, the warm hospitality of its native people and their diligence in beautifying every corner and street of the city during Diwali is worth an applause.
Diwali in Udaipur is celebrated in glorious traditions of the great Rajput kings. From decoration of the city palaces, to planning of various Diwali events are organized very carefully to keep up with their high standards of pride.
Dushehra – Diwali Mela is organized every year at the local Town Hall, which adds grace to Udaipur’s Diwali celebrations. Moreover, the local and native folk artists, performers, musicians, singers from all around the Rajasthan gather there to entertain people. Tourists and visitors from around the all over the world visit Udaipur every year to cherish this marvelous occasion.
Delhi being the hub of our country is also the most excited city in India during Diwali. Besides the sublime and eye-catching decorations of the streets and markets, people from around the country rush to Delhi for the hysteria of Diwali sales. People create hustle and bustle to buy various items ranging from electronics, gifts, dry-fruits, dresses and firecrackers which are available at highly discounted prices in Delhi.
Delhi also hosts a number of famous Ram-Lila shows, the most famous one being of Rani Jhansi Road. Entire events of Ramayana are performed by artists before a crowd of thousands. Famous places and monuments in Delhi like the India Gate, Qutab Minar, Connaught Place, etc. are lighted up beautifully. On the night of Diwali, whole Delhi is illuminated and glossed in an arresting manner to become a spectator’s delight.
Kolkata celebrates the Diwali in its own unique style. Bengalis, being big devotees of Goddess Durga and Kali host Kali Puja during Diwali as both the festivals coincide. Devotees worship Goddess Kali and offer her different types of presents mainly sweets and fruits. Other types of offerings may include flowers, meat, fish and buffalo calf.
The city of joy, is decorated in a discrete way. Mouth watering and delicious Bengali sweets are prepared and distributed among the public gathered for Puja. People fire crackers to celebrate the occasion with great pomp and show. Entire Kolkata is entranced and flourished during Diwali.
Amritsar, notorious for its famous Golden Temple, is also famous for its Diwali celebrations.
The Golden Temple is beautified and attractively adorned with lights, diyas and candles. It’s an astonishing experience for the bystanders. The temple being in the center of a lake beautifies even more during the Diwali night. As, the lake cast backs the reflections of surrounding lights. Thus, creating a gripping effect on the eye witnesses.
Other than the Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir which is a famous Hindu shrine is also ornamented beautifully during the Diwali. People of Amritsar, light up their homes and markets and fire crackers in the night.
But the main highlight of the city is the great fireworks show in the Golden Temple complex.
Other cities which deserve a noteworthy mention include Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bengaluru and Gwalior. As we all know, Diwali is splendidly celebrated throughout India and even the Indians living outside India celebrate it with great excitement and fervor. More than its religious significance, its more of a cultural festival and is a part of our rich heritage and centuries old traditions. That is why on every Diwali night, the entire country is bewitched and colored in its magnanimous shades.
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