Festival of India: Diwali in Jaipur
Dhan Teras and Diwali dates in 2014
Dhan Teras will be falling on Tuesday, October 21 in the year 2014. Diwali will be on Thursday October 23. .Nirvan Laddu and Govardhan Pooja will be on 24th and Bhai Dooj on October 25.
Diwali is truly Festival of India
Diwali, the festival of light and crackers is celebrated in India with great enthusiasm. Jaipur is renowned for celebrating Diwali festival. Men and women, kids and old, rich and poor, wise and illiterate celebrate this festival in India. Large numbers of tourists, Indian and foreigners visit Jaipur especially to celebrate Diwali festival. Government bodies also encourage celebrating this festival as a means of tourism development.
The word Diwali is derived from Deepavali also spelled as Dipavali where Deep means light and Avali means line or row. People put Deep (Dipak) in rows on the days of Diwali festival. Diwali breaks the barrier of caste and creed. Everybody flows in joy in Diwali days.
Hindu community in India celebrates Diwali festival to commemorate the return of Rama from exile. Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu according to Hindu belief was sent to exile for 14 years by his stepmother Kaikayi. The Ramayana says that he fought there a war against mighty Rakshasa emperor Ravana and won. He came back to his capital Ayodhya on the day of Diwali.
Diwali Pujan in Jaipur
Diwali in other communities
Jain community celebrates Diwali festival of India as Nirvana day of Lord Mahavira. Lord Mahavira attained salvation on Diwali night, according to Jain sacred text Kalpa Sutra. Some Jain families worship Saraswati in place of Laxmi on Diwali.
Diwali, the festival of India is Prakashotsav (Festival of light) for Sikh community. Again Prakash means light and Utsav means festival.
Maharshi Dayanand left the earth for his heavenly abode on this day of Diwali. Hence, Arya Samaj, follower of Dayanand also celebrate this festival in India
Diwali will fall on November 5 this year 2010 and Dhan Teras on 3rd.
Update: Diwali will be celebrated in Jaipur, India and overseas on October 26 this year, 2011. Dhanteras will fall on October 24, 2011, accordingly.
View of Johri Bazar on Diwali
Five days festival in Diwali
Festival of Diwali runs for five days starting from Dhan Teras. Next day, they celebrate Roop choudas. Roop means beauty in Sanskrit and other Indian language and choudas is the fourteenth day of the lunar fortnight. Hence, Roop choudas is celebrated as a day of beauty. This day is also Narak choudas to commemorate the victory of Lord Krishna over demon Narakasur.
Kartik Krishna Amavasya, no moon day in the month of Kartik according to Indian calendar is the main day of entire Diwali festival. Hindu people worship Devi Laxmi, goddess of wealth, this day. Jain community celebrates Diwali as Nirvana day of 24thJain Tirthankar Lord Mahavira.jain community go to the temple and offer special Laddu to worship Nirvana of Lord Mahavira. They do it early in the morning.
Veer Samvat, Jain new year starts from the next morning of Diwali. The day is also observed as Govardhan Puja. Govardhan Puja is followed by Bhaiyya dooj (Bhai Duj) in the next day.
Diwali Jaipur: Lighting at Johri Bazar
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Diwali in Jaipur
Jaipur celebrates Diwali in its own fashion. Jaipur, the Pink city and capital of Rajasthan, is culturally vibrant city and Diwali puts color to its culture Jaipur celebrates all Indian festivals with great enthusiasm. Diwali of Jaipur is renowned globally. Thousands of foreign tourists visit Jaipur and enjoy Diwali every year. Large numbers of Indian tourists also come to Jaipur to enjoy Diwali.
Thousands of indigenous and foreign tourists accompany Jaipur citizens in Diwali days to enjoy this very festival of India.
Johri Bazar means Jewelry market. This is the main market for shopping on Dhan Teras. Johari Bazar Vyapar Mandal (Traders association of Johari Bazar) decorate this market, especially for entire Diwali festival.
The Huge crowd comes to shop and visit decoration of Johari Bazar. I have shot some beautiful photos of Johri Bazar on Dhan Teras, tonight. I have taken these pictures willfully at late night to avoid the crowd.
Johri Bazar, Jaipur looks like a bride with makeup tonight. It is dazzling with light. I have deliberately kept my camera in day mood to keep photos faded.
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