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Diwali 2022: Beliefs of celebrating Diwali in Different Parts of India?

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Oct 18, 2022 10:00 PM

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Diwali, the Pan-Indian festival, is widely celebrated throughout the country. On this day, people pray to Goddess Lakshmi, light earthen lamps, share sweets, and set off firecrackers. Most states in North India celebrate the festival to commemorate Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile.

However, the festival of lights is observed in various ways and to commemorate various events in other parts of the country. Continue reading to learn how Diwali is celebrated in different parts of the country.

Goa: Celebrating Lord Krishna

On Diwali, the people of Goa commemorate Lord Krishna's victory over the demon Narakasura. The streets are lined with massive busts of this demon, some of which are lit up with fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness. The way Goans distribute sweets and food and decorate their homes with lights is shared with the rest of India.

West Bengal: Kali Puja

Diwali coincides with Shyama Puja or Kali Puja in West Bengal, which takes place after sunset. Devotees present Goddess Kali with various sweets, lentils, rice, and even non-vegetarian foods such as fish and meat. Bengalis also perform the Bhoot Chaturdashi ritual, which involves lighting fourteen diyas (earthen lamps) at home a day before Kali Puja to ward off evil spirits.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu too, celebrates Naraka Chaturdashi (also known as Choti Diwali) as the main day of the Diwali festival. The day begins with an oil bath before sunrise, followed by a number of rituals throughout the day. Tamilians light the 'kuthu vilaku' (lamp) and offer 'neivedyam' to the deities. Kolam, a rice powder mixture, is used to draw designs in front of houses in a manner similar to Rangoli in North India.

Odisha: Kaunriya Kathi

Odisha has a very distinct Diwali celebration. People burn jute sticks to welcome their ancestors, who are said to descend from heaven on Diwali. This occurs during the Kaunriya Kathi. The jute burning is frequently followed by a prayer imploring ancestors to visit in the dark and return along the lighted path.

Gujarat

Diwali marks the end of the traditional year in Gujarat. Thus, on the day of Labh Pancham (five days after Diwali), families celebrate the beginning of the New Year's business. Several rituals are carried out in homes to appease Goddess Lakshmi and ward off the evil eye.

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