India is usually divided into four parts based on its diverse culture and traditions. This also includes one of the biggest festivals of India which is Diwali. Take a look at how Diwali is celebrated in different parts of India and states.
Starting with Eastern states, Diwali is celebrated with Kali puja. Goddess Kali is known to be the fiercest god celebrated in various pandals. Most famous places known for Kali puja are Dakshineshwar temple and Kalighat.
But the neighbouring state of West Bengal is known to worship the ancestors on this day of Festival. To get blessings. Juice sticks are burned to receive luck.
Coming to western states, Maharashtra celebrates Diwali for 4-5 days. There are several kinds of traditions to follow on each day and each tradition have its own characteristics.
As Gujarat is known for its industries and business, it is essential to celebrate Dhanteras on a grand scale during this time. Diwali is also celebrated in a grand way during this time although Dhanteras has more emphasis here.
Diwali means the arrival of winter for the people of Punjab. While the Sikhs of Punjab visit their Gurudwaras, the Hindus worship Goddess Lakshmi in their home.
This is where Diwali as people usually know it is celebrated. In Uttar Pradesh, you will find a lot of enthusiasm for this festival. Apart from burning firecrackers for 1-2 days, people at home also worship Goddess Lakshmi. Also, the holy river Ganga in Varanasi is lit with diyas which floats over the surface.
When it comes to the southern part of India, there is a whole different level of flair in people during the celebration. During this time, the people of Karnataka usually celebrates Ashwija Krishna Chaturdashi and Bali Padyami. On the first day, people usually bathe in oil. On the second day, they tell the story of King Bali and make forts of cow dung.
On this Day, the people of Tamil Nadu wakes up at dawn and like the people of Karnataka, they also bathe in oil infused with other ingredients like fragrant pepper, betel leaves, etc. Then before their feast, they consume a tonic named Deepavali Lehiyam.
Another state of the south which is Andhra Pradesh worship another god Satyabhama. Then they start celebrating Diwali with their loved ones.
So, these were only some of the major states on how they celebrate Diwali. If you are from any other state and you would like to share your way of celebrating Diwali comment below.