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Different variants of Diwali in different states of India



Diwali is one of the occasion for the country, where every city celebrates with its uniqueness, full of its charm and glory. The belief of the oldest mythology of Lord Ram returning from exile of 14 years and whole world welcomed the Ram Family with lighting up the universe, still creates festive around the corners of India.
but here are a few places where the celebration of Diwali reaches a different level altogether. where the local jubilates the Diwali rituals in an exquisite way.
so lets have a sneak peak to cities where the festival of light is adorn in an unique way

1. Odisha:

Puri witnesses a grand gathering on the day of Diwali as people observe ‘Badabadua Daka’ to pay homage to their forefather. In the extraordinary ritual, people gather outside the 12th century Jagannath temple and burn jute sticks (known as Kaunriya Kathi in local parlance) to invite their ancestors to descend from heaven on the day of Diwali and bless them. They also chant a prayer ‘Badabadua Ho Andhaare Aasa, Aalua Re Jao (Ancestors, come in darkness and go back along the lighted path). With thousands of bundles of jute sticks being lighted on the day, the Grand Road in front of the Jagannath temple offers a beautiful spectacle.


2. Kumaon:

Along with the beautiful weather and picturesque landscape, Kumaon really plays very traditional on this Occasion. It brings the old and tribal ritual as  by painting the doorstep of their houses red. They do so with Geru – the filtered red soil and rice solution to paint the outside their home . This beautiful  form of art is called Aipan and is a way for the locals to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.



3. Goa:

It is famous for celebrations and apart from Christmas and New Year, Diwali celebrations in Goa is quite in fame. Apart from gambling and card playing, here the celebrations focus on the destruction of demon Narakasura who was killed by Lord Krishna. Competitions are held in every village and city, where people compete to make the biggest and scariest effigy of the demon. These demons are then burned on the day before Diwali (Narakchaudas).


4. Purushwadi:

For a calm and pleasant  Diwali, distance from mela rush and firecrackers, Do go to a small town Purushwadi, it is located on the  hill along the Mumbai-Nashik highway. Families in this little town let light a open air fire on Diwali night and cook local delicasies, while children move from one home to next, chanting cultural  hymns, inviting each household to pour oil into their oil lamps, mounted atop a handmade bundle of sticks. Indulge yourself in the local  life by helping the village  women make Rangolis, assisting in the rice harvest, going for a dip in the river, cutting  wood for the bonfire, and toasting your own barbecue dinner on the bonfire. It will certainly be a Diwali the likes of which you have never experienced before 



5. Varanasi:

Once in a lifetime, we all should celebrate Diwali in Varanasi. On the night of Diwali, the sky is full of firework and lights. For the immense experience, you can stay at some of the riverside hotels to witness the magical and fabulous firework display on the river. There are events like Ganga Arti, Illumination of Ghats, Candle and Diyas being floated in the water and the procession of several Gods and Goddesses deities throughout the streets

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