One of the most prominent festivals India, Diwali, is not only celebrated across the country but is also widely popular among travellers from other parts of the world. This festival indicates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. This year Diwali will be celebrated on October 27.
There are many locations in India where Diwali is celebrated at some different level. However the beauty of Diwali varies from region to region in our country. And every different kind of celebration simply opens up an opportunity for travellers to explore a lot more of this festival.
Globetrotter from across the world visit India just to experience this vibrant festival.
Some of the places to visit during Diwali vacation include Kolkata, Chennai, Amritsar, Varanasi, and Goa. Not only these places but every other region in the whole country celebrate this festival in some or the other different way.
Finally one of the best places to visit during in India is Varanasi. The special fact about this place is that it celebrates the festival for as long as fortnight. Varanasi celebrates what is known as Dev Deepavali or the Diwali of the Gods, wherein grand rituals are undertaken by the priests at Ravidas Ghat and Raj Ghat to welcome the gods, who are believed to descend to Earth just to bathe in the holy waters of River Ganga flowing past this city. Other reason for attracting most of the travellers is that is also celebrates Ganga Mahotsav.
During Diwali, Varanasi turns into heavan for travellers and a paradise for photographers.
The concept of Diwali is totally different in the City of Joy, Kolkata. The residents of Kolkata perform Kali puja during Diwali. Just like Durga Puja, Kali Puja pandals are made all across the city along with beautiful lighting decorating every corner of the city. Goddess Kali is considered to be the one who defeated evil. Apart from the Kali puja, Bengalis celebrate Diwali in a simialar fashion by burning crackers and lighting diyas.
The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai celebrates Diwali quite different from what most of the nation celebrates. Dhanteras in Tamil Nadu is known as Dhana Trayodasi or Ashwayuja Bahula Trayodasi.
Residents of Chennai also worships Goddess of health, Dhanvantari. The local population worships Kubera, the divine treasurer, and offers him dry dates, honey and jaggery. Burning of crackers across the city is followed by burining effigies of Narakasura to mark his downfall at the hands of Aditi and Krishna.
One of the most popular year ending party destinations in India, Goa is also famous for its Diwali celebrations. The Diwali celebrations in Goa are popular especially because of how on Narak Chaturdashi, every village burns larger-than-life sized effigies of Narakasura. Interesting competitions are also held among the villagers to judge whose effigy is the tallest and the scariest. Tourists from across the world visit this epic destination during Diwalii.
One of the place to celebrate Diwali in our country with the peak enthusiasm is Amristar and whole Punjab. Some grand Diwali parties are also arranged across the city. Diwali is celebrated in a little different because Sikhs celebrate it as the day that marks the return of Guru Hargobind Sahib from Mughal captivity. Travellers also get a chance to see the famous Golden temple getting lighten up with thousands of lamps lined along the edge of the lake.