Deepavali in India

The Festival of Lights

The Gokarnath Temple in Mangalore
The Gokarnath Temple in Mangalore | Source
Lamps or Diyas lit in Homes
Lamps or Diyas lit in Homes

Deepavali

Diwali also known as the Row of Lights,is derived from the Sanskrit word Dipa which means Light and Awli meaning Row. This Festive Season that occurs in the month of October marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu Calendar. It is a time of rejoicing and renewal as Hindus all over the World celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and homes are lit up with little lamps and lights to bring in prosperity, happiness and good fortune.


Thousands of people throng the streets and vendors with cheap roadside toys, chaat stalls, Ice Candies, colourful lollies try to attract buyers around them.

The Processions that occur for over a period of three to four hours at night consists of huge vehicles showcasing moving tableau's. These tableau's depict characters from the Ramayana, Mahabharatha and the Bhagwad Gita ( the Holy Book of Hindus ). War Scenes, Dance Scenes, tiger Dances ( Kids painted like tigers) from the old Mythologies are enacted on the Streets. Its a sight to behold as once the procession ends it takes many hours to reach home as the streets are jam packed with people.



Crowds standing on the Streets to watch the Procession
Crowds standing on the Streets to watch the Procession | Source
Streetside Vendors
Streetside Vendors | Source

Deepavali Processions

The Courtesan and the King ( the Dancer, a male disguises as a female)
The Courtesan and the King ( the Dancer, a male disguises as a female) | Source
They enact non-stop for three hours as the vehicle slowly cruises through the streets
They enact non-stop for three hours as the vehicle slowly cruises through the streets | Source

Deepavali Processions

Scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha
Scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha | Source
Ramayana
Ramayana | Source

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