Diwali celebration begins at the 15th day of the Indian lunar month of Kartika(October/November)
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The mythological lore says when Hindu incarnated God Ram killed the ten-headed demon-king Ravan, the public celebrated and welcomed long exiled prince to home with oil lamps and crackers.
The second epic of Hindu pantheon Ramayana’s main theme is the winning of good over evil in the form of Ram, who battled demons in dark forests with the help of Hanuman and led an army of monkey to rescue his wife Sita and killed Ravan.
Needlessly to say, whether you revere Ram or one of the other 330 million Hindu deities, this festival of light is the signature celebration of Indians all across the nation. At the end of the harvest season, the festival is subcontinent’s style of Christmas, though the heavy population and sentimental jest of Indians make it more intense.
The festival is celebrated in variations in different states, but everywhere the principle deity is Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Account books are worshipped and the new financial year begins.
Important: Services and transport are unpredictable in this time of the year, so get used to it.
|Deepavali, lighting earthen lamps|
|Fire Crackers at Diwali|
|Diwali in Haridwar, Uttrakhand|
|Excitement of children in Diwali|
|Fantastic celebration of light and zest|
|Rangoli, an important ritual of Diwali|
|Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Laksmi and Ganesh|
|Women decorate their home with beautiful Rangolis|