Story of Dewali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil; and it is with each Deepawali and the lights that illuminate our homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope. From darkness unto light - the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope.
This App provides the enjoy from crackers. Diwali is celebrated around the globe. Outside India, it is more than a Hindu festival, it's a celebration of South-Asian identities. If you are away from the sights and sounds of Diwali, light a diya, sit quietly, shut your eyes, withdraw the senses, concentrate on this supreme light and illuminate the soul. Diwali is celebrated with huge vigor and passion. Apart from lighting up of diyas, candles, lanterns and bursting of crackers, many other kind of celebrations are involved.
As Diwali is supposedly celebrated on the occasion when Lord Rama along with wife Sita and brother Lakshman returned to his capital Ayodhya, after defeating and killing the evil King Ravana and spending fourteen years in exile. It was a new moon day of the Kartik season. His homecoming was thus greatly celebrated with lights, fireworks, bursting of crackers and merriment. This tradition of Diwali celebration continued to be observed to this day in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar and the surrounding areas where huge effigies of Ravana are burned implying Lord Rama's annihilating of the demon king. Thus the Diwali nights in these areas, are nights of fireworks and crackers. They are burnt all night long to celebrate the occasion.
The people of North India make it a point that along with worshiping Goddess Kali on the day of Diwali, they equally worship the idols of Goddess Lakshmi as well Lord Ganesha, for Goddess Lakshmi symbolises wealth and prosperity and whereas the elephant-headed god is the epitome of auspiciousness and wisdom. Thus they are worshipped with most austerity in most of the Hindu homes on this day. In fact most of the temples as well dedicated to the worship of Lord Rama or Krishna celebrate Diwali with great piety and eagerness.
Eastern India: The eastern India is no less in their enthusiasm. It is almost a common site in the state of Orissa where everyone decorates their houses with the light of oil lamps, candles and lanterns that are generally placed in rows. In order to heighten the celebration further, crackers are burst, sparklers are lighted and gifts and sweet are distributed amongst the people of the state. Thus the ways of celebration on the Eastern part of India is almost alike like anywhere in India except for one ritual that calls upon the spirits of the family's forefathers.
One of the primitive customs that is duly followed in this festival is the burning of jute stems. This custom is solely followed so as to light up the dark paths that help the spirits of the ancestors to trace back their path to heaven. Most of the houses are brightly lit and the doors and windows are kept open to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, who is supposed to visit every home during this time and ignores all places that are kept dark and abandoned.
In West Bengal however Lakshmi puja is celebrated earlier than the Diwali celebrations and the deity celebrated on this occasion is the fierce avatar of Goddess Kali. "Kali Puja" or the worship of Goddess Kali is what makes the celebration in this part of India a unique one. In Kolkata, the capital of the state, as well as in all the other parts of West Bengal, the nights of "Kali Puja" are marked by high festivities that consists of activities similar to other regions like bursting crackers,. .
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