Location: All over India
Festival Time: October-November
Legend or Deity: Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh
Famous Rituals: Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Lakshmi pooja,
Goverdhan Puja, Bhai Dooj
Cuisine: Jilabi, Besan Ladoo, Motichoor Ladoo, Boondi,
Tourists Attraction: Lighting clay lamps, Crackers,
Staying Options: Taj Mahal Hotel, Hyatt Regency,
Ambassador Hotel, InterContinental Eros, The Oberoi
Celebrated all over India, Diwali has its way back mythological saga of
epic Ramayana. Devotees mark the festival as the successful return of Lord
Rama along with his wife Sita and younger brother Laxman to Ayodhya. Mythic
history still depicts the day and night of Lord Rama during his 14 years
exile and the defeat of demon King Ravana. The essence is still felt when
mind goes back, during the time when people of Ayodhya has decorated their
homes and streets with clay lamps and has welcomed Lord. Since then the
festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm, fun and love.
Another saying indicates the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi to her devotees
home. As such , the day is calls for prior preparation, cleaning houses and
surroundings and worshiping Goddesses to receive blessing of wealth and
Soul Connecting Diwali Rituals:
Diwali is celebrated 21 days after Dussehera, during the month of October
or November. It takes five days for the completion of rituals involved in
the festival. The festival starts with Dhanteras, celebrated with buying new
kitchen utensils, jewelery or some metallic articles. Devotees pray to Goa
Yamraj, the King of Death to save their kith and kin from evil shadows or
The second day is called Narka or Choti Diwali, in which, devotes take
early bath in traditional style (i.e massaging body with oil and then taking
shower) and apply Kumkum on their foreheads.
The third day is dedicated to paying homage to Goddess Lakshmi, The day
goes on with performing Poojas and signing devotional songs. Houses are
decorated with rice flour resembling the small foot prints of the Goddess,
following lighting earthen lamps, filled with oil/ghee and cotton wicks.
The forth day is devoted to perform Goverdhan Puja and following this the
last day presents the celebration of Bhai Dooj. It highlights the strong
brother-sister relationship. On the very day, sister keep fast until they
smear their brother's forehead with the holy tika.
Deepawali Celebration and Attraction:
The festival of light make the whole country look gorgeous with the glow of
lamps, artificial bulbs and crackers. People exchange gifts, sweets and
cards to make the day best in the whole year. Apart from this the main
attractions of Diwali is Ramlilas, the dramatic presentation of Ramayana.
The festival is greatly celebrated in the capital Delhi, where enthusiast
arrange some areas for the functions. Make-shift stages are set up, that
carries the huge effigies of demon King Ravana. The burning of the
structures draws thousand attentions and is quite popular world-wide.
Almost all the companies, presents gift hampers and sweets to their
employees. Exclusive offers are also exhibited by shopping malls and food
stalls. Traditional Sweets like Jilabi, Besan Ladoo, Motichoor Ladoo,
Boondi, Malpua etc are made by the homemakers. They are also available in
packets at the sweet selling corners.
Staying in Delhi
On visiting Delhi, during Deepawali, one can stay at some popular
staying places like Hotel Star Paradise, Hotel Shivam International, Hotel
Star Villa, Taj Mahal Hotel, Hyatt Regency, Ambassador Hotel,
InterContinental Eros, The Oberoi and Taj Palace Intercontinental. Many
hotels organizes grand Diwali party, exclusively for their guest.
Reaching Delhi during Diwali
Regular international and national flights are operated from the Indira
Gandhi International Airport and Palam Domestic Airport.
The metro city, Delhi is well-connected with major Indian cities by means
of trains operating to and from New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway
Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. Tourist can also enjoy the
luxury of trains like Palace-on Wheel, Fairy Queen and Royal Orient Express
serviced in New Delhi Cantonment Railway Station.
The main highways and expressways to Delhi are connected by bus serviced
from major bus terminals like Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, Kashmiri Gate
Terminal and Sarai Kale Khan Terminal. Both private deluxe coaches and Delhi
Transport buses ply over the inter-state routes.