What All You See in Diwali During Your Tour to India?
Communities come together and every nook and corner lights up. The stunningly beautiful scene of Diwali is something that is worth a watch. This festival is dedicated to the victory of light over dark. The sound of crackers, the dazzling light of sparklers and a range of Indian sweets are a part and parcel of the festivities. If you are fortunate enough to be in India during Diwali you will have an enchanting time here.
Though each religious and cultural festival is celebrated with equal fun and fervor in India, Diwali has its own aura. Hindus call it festival of lights and fervor becomes obvious during the 5-day festivity of Diwali. It happens in the month of October with the date varying every year. It is a time for family and for community. Streets are all lit up with oil lamps and candle adding a touch of magic. Dressing in their best possible attire, old and young come together after offering ritual of ‘Lakshmi and Ganesha’ (Hindu Gods) puja. This is a gathering of all family members coming together and chanting prayers.
A lot of crackers and sparklers (fuljadi, anaar, chakris and rockets) are all seen filling up the sky. The entire ambiance gets filled up with colourful lights. One of the main centers of attraction is Rangoli (a decorative pattern drawn on courtyard where earthen lamps are placed). This is considered to be auspicious. You will also see housewives drawing Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) footprints at the doorsteps. After performing puja all the family members come out to burn crackers and sparklers and have loads of fun. After which a lavish Indian feast is served.
Why is Diwali Celebrated?
Diwali is the festival of lights and it is said to be the conquest of Good over Evil. It is said that after his 14 years of exile when God Rama came back to Ayodhya after killing the demon Ravana he was given a huge and warm welcome by the people of Ayodhya by burning earthen lamps and decorating the whole city like a newly wedded bride.
How This Diwali Is Different?
You will get to see the entire Ayodhya brimming with life when 1, 71,000 earthen lamps will float on the Saryu River that flows across Ayodhya, Authorities of the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh have decided to lit the record number of earthen lamps at the bank of the Holy River and decorate the city to have the same feeling that people of Ayodhya had when they welcomed God Rama.
We welcome you to be a part of our Moksdhyani Ayodhya Tour on the eve of this Diwali (19th October).