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Houses lit with earthen diyas, plates filled with delicious food, women adorned in traditional Rajasthani Rajputi Poshak and smiles on everybody’s faces- the state of Rajasthan celebrates the festival of light with wholehearted zeal and enthusiasm.
Rajasthan is considered as the Land of Kings and Diwali is one of the most celebrated in the state. With Royalty in their blood, the Rajput people don’t believe in half-hearted celebrations, when they celebrate they go all the way. People there start preparing for the holy festival weeks in advance. They clean and decorate their homes with the delicious fragrance of flower petals spread everywhere, colorful rangolis on the doorstep and more. Don’t forget about the renowned Rajasthani dish Dal Bati Choorma. One thing people look most forward to is wearing new traditional clothes during the festival. Men suit up in traditional kurta and dhoti or a sherwani. While women look absolutely stunning, draped in traditional Rajasthani Rajputi Poshak embedded with intricate gotta patti work, shining bangles, shimmering earrings and the works.
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The festival rituals last for five to six days, typically falling between the months of October and November. On the day of Diwali and the New Year, people perform Laxmi Pooja also known as Chopda Pooja or Muhurat Pooja. Laxmi Pooja is performed to invite Goddess Laxmi to bless the family with prosperity.
Apart from the underlying theme of colors, lights, and celebration, Diwali in Rajasthan is also known for the finger licking sweets. Women of the family passionately prepare various mouth-watering desserts like Mawa Kachori, Til Laddo, Gonth ke Laddu, Piste ke Launj, Moti Pak, Pheeni, Sohan Papdi, Besan Barfi, Jalebi and Shakarpara.
In Rajasthan, Diwali is all about being with family and friends. People coming together and enjoying the bright lights, good food, music, dance and most importantly- rejoicing the great Indian tradition of celebrating the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair.
Different religions believe in a different origin of the festival.
As per the Jain religion, Diwali marks the day of Lord Mahavira attaining Moksha. The most popular origin is the one depicted in the Hindu epic Ramayana. According to that, on this day Lord Ram returned to his Kingdom of Ayodhya along with Laxman, Sita and Hanuman after defeating the evil King Ravana. As he was returning after 14 years of exile, the people of Ayodhya had lit oil lamps in their homes, to welcome back the Lord King Ram.
To this day, on the day of Diwali, every house in Rajasthan glows with bright lights in signifying the triumph of good over evil.
If you are looking for a place to celebrate Deepali this year, what better place to celebrate than the land of culture, colors and Rajputana heritage Rajasthan.
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