Awadhpuri Prabhu Aawat Jaani, Bhayi Sakal Sobha Ke Khani
Bahyi Suhawan Tribidh Sameera, Bhayi Saraju Ati Nirmal Neera
The above given chaupayi from Ramcharitmanas, is telling us about the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile and his victory over demon king Ravana. The night when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, that night, the world celebrates its first Deepawali. Ever since from that night till date we celebrates Diwali with all happiness and grandeur to remember that good always win over evil. In multi-cultural country like India the Festival of Lights might be celebrated in different ways but the essence of celebrating this festival is one, that is, to spread joy and to remember to be an ideal human like Lord Rama. If you are planning to travel to India during Diwali festival, here are the major 6 interesting ways that you can do during this joyous festival.
- Celebrating Diwali with Indian Family
- Exploring Illuminating Markets of Jaipur
- Gambling in Goa and Destruction of Demon Narakasura
- Enjoy Fireworks in the Ancient City of India
- Kali Puja and Diwali in Kolkata
- Golden Diwali at Golden Temple in Amritsar
1. Celebrating Diwali with Indian Family
The best way to celebrate the festival of light is by spending time with the Indian Family. Though one can see the extravagant aura of Diwali on streets and markets which are lightened with various colorful lights, but the real meaning of the festival lies inside the doors of Indian homes. People coming to India during Diwali festival are highly recommended to stay with the Indian family so that you can get real insight of Indian culture. You can also get a chance to be a part of rituals that takes place during Diwali. People clean their houses and white wash it, wear new cloths, cook various Indian snacks and distributes sweets among their friends and family.
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2. Exploring Illuminating Markets of Jaipur
Well when it comes to celebration, there is no other city in India rather than Jaipur which celebrates each festival with so much zeal. When it comes to major Indian festival Diwali, Jaipur won’t lack behind than anyone. The illuminating roads, decorating buildings and flourishing markets says it all about the Diwali celebration. Once you would be on your Golden Triangle Tours and visit Jaipur, you are recommended to travel through the shops, markets, homes of the Pink City. Do you know! Every year there’s a competition held for best lit up market in the city, the electricity bill of which is beard by Government.
3. Gambling in Goa and Destruction of Demon Narakasura
State of beaches and wine Goa has everything that a traveller desire during his Goa tours. While you’d be visiting Goa during Diwali season, you would see a different perspective of the festival in here. The major focus of Diwali celebration in Goa is on the destruction of demon king Narkasura by Lord Krishna. The festival is celebrated just a day before of Diwali on Naraka Chaturdashi. Several competitions take places during the festival. You can also try your hand in gambling on this day and visit casinos in Goa. Gambling is quite popular in Goa during Diwali festival.
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4. Enjoy Fireworks in the Ancient City of India
Diwali and fireworks are synonym of each other. If you really wish to see the most beautiful fireworks, we recommend you to plan your India tours in the city of Varanasi, the city of temples. Flocked by thousands of people round the year, Varanasi welcomes more travellers during the festival season. The firecrackers and fireworks on the banks of Ganga River enhance your tour experience. Shimmering water of Ganges shining with the lights of firecrackers gives spectacular view. Dev Deepawali, another major festival in Varanasi is another bigger occasion than Diwali when the ghats of Ganga illuminated with candles, clay diyas and shining moon light. It is celebrated after two weeks of Diwali on full moon night.
5. Kali Puja and Diwali in Kolkata
Diwali is mostly associated with Goddess of wealth. It is the time when people around the country worships Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Saraswati and Lord Ganesha, for seeking blessings of wealth, wisdom and good luck. It is the city of Kolkata, which celebrates Diwali by worshiping Goddess Kali. Kali Puja in Kolkata is an occasion that you can be a part during your Kolkata tourism. On this day, famous Kali temples of Kolkata like Kalighat, Belur Math and Dakshineswar Kali temple are flocked by several devotes across the world.
6. Golden Diwali at Golden Temple in Amritsar
Diwali is not only a prominent festival for Hindus but is highly associated with Sikhism. Amritsar the house of Golden Temple celebrates Diwali in a grand manner. The day is considered quite auspicious in Sikhism as it is marked as the day when the 6th Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib returns from prison in 1619 AD. Here’s another interesting relation between Golden Temple and Diwali is that, the foundation stone of Harmindar Sahib aka Golden Temple was laid on Diwali in 1577 AD. Marvelous fireworks over Golden Temple, beautiful decorations and shimmering lake with countless clay lamps and candles are major attractions in here.