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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 06 Nov 2012
The most popular festival in India is on its way and people preparing for it with full zest. While many wish to welcome the goddess by celebrating the festival in their homes, some like to visit spectacular Indian destinations to celebrate the festival in the spirit of the city they visit. Here are the top 5 destinations that give you a completely different flavour of the festival –
Diwali in Delhi –
The capital of the country, Delhi, is popular for celebrating every festival with a lot of gaiety and glamour. The celebration of Diwali in Delhi starts from Dusshera itself. The city begins the celebration with shopping and you’ll find banners and hoarding all over the city highlighting promotional offers. Dhanteras is the main day when people prefer to go shopping for big items like electronics or gold, as it is considered auspicious. On the day of Diwali you will witness a number of temporary stages hosting the popular epic of Ramayan as ‘Ramlila’.
Diwali in Varanasi –
A wonderful place to celebrate Diwali this year is Varanasi. Here you’ll get a chance to celebrate the festival with all the spiritual zest and catch a glimpse of the colourful and spectacular lights all around. This is the holy city of India and on the day of Diwali all its 50 odd ghats are illuminated with thousands of diyas. The view is mesmerizing.
Diwali in Jaipur –
The Pink city of India is famous for more than just its youthful colour. Popular amongst the western tourists, the celebration of Diwali in Jaipur is a sight to see. The entire city is decorated with colours that pump up the enthusiasm of the festival. The markets of the city display a variety of around 2000 earthen lamps in various shapes and sizes. Handicrafts, firecrackers, gift items and local traditional clothes are available a plenty here. Every year a contest is held to award the best-decorated market.
Diwali in Kolkata –
Diwali is more popularly known as “Shyama Puja” or “Kali Puja” in the City of Joy. The date for the puja coincides with Diwali. The puja takes place around midnight, when the devotees of the goddess offer sacrifice of lamb or buffalo. The ‘prasad’ is then shared among the devotees. A day before the puja the city is decorated with lights and diyas. There’s a magnificent display of fireworks that covers the night sky during and after the puja.
Diwali in Amritsar –
Already gleaming with gold, the Golden temple of Amritsar is a sight to see in the bright glow of the diyas. The reflection of the diyas on the water adds to the grace of this peaceful sanctuary. People start to prepare for the festival a week in advance. They decorate their home with flowers, rangoli etc. Women get busy in preparing sweets and dishes to share them with friends, relatives, neighbours and community. The night sky is a stage for spectacular fireworks on Diwali.
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