Diwali, the festival of lights is one of the most celebrated festivals of India and people celebrate with great happiness and joy. On this day the entire neighborhood, houses, streets and shops are decorated with beautiful lights. And, for the country like India with 29 states, the way of celebration in each part of the country is equally enticing.
From Bihar to Bengal to Karnataka to UP, each of the states has one or the other way of celebrating the festival. There is something interesting in the rituals that each of these states follow during Diwali celebration. Let's find some of the interesting rituals that are followed in some of the parts of the country. Read below to find……
It is known that Lord Rama, during his 14 years of exile stayed in the Panchvati which is in the vicinity of Nasik which falls in the state of Maharashtra. And, that is one of the reasons that people belonging to this place celebrate this festival of lights with utmost excitement and vigor. People of Maharashtra, perform Lakshmi Pujan on the day of Diwali. People believe that Maa Lakshmi visits every home on this day and brings a lot of prosperity and wealth. And, apart from Puja, alspo delicious food like anarse, shev, chakali, shankar-pale is cooked including variety of sweet dishes.
Ayodhya, which is believed to be the home of Lord Rama, and here the festival, is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm. In Varanasi, the festival is celebrated especially in an elaborated manner and Ganga Aarti is performed and the entire atmosphere is lit up with lights and earthen lamps float around on the river. As the chants from priests are heard, people start lighting up their homes, fire up crackers. It's really a great experience celebrating this festival in this biggest festival of Diwali.
In West Bengal, especially in Kolkata, this festival of lights is known with the name 'Kali Puja'! In the state of Bengal, Goddess Kali is revered in West Bengal with utmost faith and conviction. Devotees revere Maa Kali with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. Goat is sacrificed on this day and people from the entire neighborhood congregate to perform Puja. The rituals and festivity continue till late night on the day. Everyone decorate their homes with Rangoli, Diyas, powdered rice and much more.
Unlike in almost all other states in India, where bursting of crackers takes place during the night time, in Tamil Nadu, people enjoy the same during day time. On the day of Diwali, people take traditional oil bath and oil massage. And, this massage oil is made of betel leaves, fragrant pepper and other items. After taking bath people wear new clothes, burst clothes, lit diyas and perform Puja.
So, these are some of the ways in which Diwali is celebrated in these parts of the state. One can get a delightful experience while visiting different part of the country during this special celebration of the country. India has rightly been called as the country of festival and if one wants to see the zeal of festivity, Diwali is the perfect time to visit different parts of the state. Apart from all these states, the festival is celebrated with similar zeal and enthusiasm in other states of the country.