If you want to celebrate Diwali and explore all the traditions, customs folklores associated with this festival of lights, there is no place better than India. Diwali, in India is celebrated to glorify the homecoming of “Lord Rama” with his wife “Devi Sita” and brother Laxman after a 14 years long exile during which they lived in forests and even defeated the “Ravana” as he took Sita away with to Lanka. The festival of Diwali is an occasion when families worship the Goddess Laxmi together and pray for the prosperity of the whole family.
While you may find the Diwali celebrations in every nook and corner of India, but some places celebrate this festival with an astounding grandeur. Thus, if you want to be a part of Diwali celebrations, the following are the best places to enjoy this festival of lights and sweets.
Varanasi is one of the cities of India that depict the Indian culture and traditions in his purest form. While every Hindu festival is celebrated with grand festivities, but the festival of Diwali is different. It is the most well-celebrated festivals as you can get a fabulous view of diyas and fireworks over the Ganga. The other highlights of Varanasi’s Diwali include grand Ganga aarti, illumination of the Ganga ghats with candles diyas, floating earthen lamps in the river and the procession of the various Hindu dieties across the streets.
Located in Punjab, the Amritsar is well-known for the Golden Temple. Diwalis is one of the best celebrated festivals in the city as it coincides with a Sikh festival “Bandi Chhor Divas”. Also, the Punjabi flavour in the celebrations adds a different charm altogether. You can see a variety of fireworks, enjoy thousands of types of sweets and have a scrumptious feast made on the occasion of Diwali.
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a place where Diwali is celebrated with a great fervour. There is a five-day grand celebration on the occasion of Diwali, and you can enjoy the festival to its fullest in Jaipur. The popular sights such as Nahargarh fort offers stunning views of fireworks and lighting including the glimpses of the illuminated fort walls. The fireworks and the Marwari cuisine, including a wide array of delicacies make this festival even special.
Purushwadi, located on the Mumbai-Nashik highway in Maharashtra is not a big city where you can see grand Diwali festivities, but, it celebrates Diwali in a different way. Families light a bonfire and cook the local dishes, while children sing the local songs, move door to door to ask each household to pour oil in their lamps. The local women make beautiful rangolis and the festivities make everyone fall in love with this place.
Apart from these places, you can enjoy Diwali in cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Udaipur etc. Each city has something unique to offer on the occasion of Diwali. Indeed, India is the best place to celebrate Diwali and indulge in the celebrations.