From Varanasi to Kolkata: Exploring the unique Diwali celebrations across India

Nov 8, 2023

By: Ayush Mehrotra & Shagun Chaudhary

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi, the spiritual and cultural hub of India, celebrates Diwali with great fervor. The ghats along the Ganges River are illuminated with thousands of earthen lamps, creating a mesmerizing sight. Witnessing the Ganga Aarti during Diwali in Varanasi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsari Diwali is special and grand. It began when Guru Hargobind Singh returned from prison in 1610’s for his beliefs. The city celebrates because the Golden Temple's foundation stone was laid in 1580’s. This unique history makes Diwali in Amritsar a vibrant and significant celebration

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Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh

As the birthplace of Lord Ram, Ayodhya celebrates Diwali with great enthusiasm. The city is beautifully illuminated, and a grand Ram Lila performance is held.

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Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, the Pink City, is known for its grand Diwali celebrations. The entire city is adorned with colorful decorations, and you can enjoy fireworks, traditional music, and dance performances during Diwali.

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Kolkata, West Bengal

While the world prays to Goddess Laxmi during Diwali, Kolkata honors Goddess Kali. The city's Kali temples, like Kalighat, Belur Math, and Dakshineswar, attract large crowds of devotees on this special day.

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n Goa, Diwali is special as it marks Lord Krishna defeating Demon Narakasura. The state has a unique tradition where they organize a competition and burn effigies of the demon on Narakasura Chaturdashi, a day before Diwali, adding a distinctive touch to their celebration each year.

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The capital city of India celebrates Diwali with grandeur. The markets are decked out with lights and decorations, and you can enjoy a variety of street food during this time.

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat

In Ahmedabad, Diwali lasts for five days. It begins with Dhanteras, when folks buy gold, followed by Naraka Chaturdashi, marking lord Krishna's victory over demon Naraksura. Diwali itself comes next, followed by Balipadyami and finally, Vikramsamvat, ending the festive celebration in the Gujarati city.

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