Excited to celebrate the Holi festival? The time has come to get dissolve in the festive colors. The colors on which the whole universe is laid upon. This festival of colors, Holi has various faces and they can be seen across the country. So, here are some best places to celebrate Holi in India. The places which can give you the thrill of this festival.
Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varsi Lavkar Ya! “Lord Ganesha Blessings with us, come next year with more blessing”.
On a day in 2019, I was strolling down one of the streets of Mathura. I got a phone call from my friend-cum-brother-cum-uncle. He asked me to come with him to street photography. First I fully gave up on the thought but later released that this could be the chance to learn something new or to showcase the ability. Then I found a whole subject to learn. And just roamed around the chapter of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Neetesh, my friend that called me, he always ready to click photographs. In fact, he is keener towards photography than me. So, we headed towards the Haiderpur, area in Delhi. This very exploration made me feel, that era of gods, Ganesh Chaturthi making the money, and little closer to the harsh reality of Ganpati Visarjan.
We reached the point on time and most of the sculptors picked their job and started doing their related works. First, we both started searching for the best spots and the best idols. Then after spending some time in those idols and with those ultimate-artists, we found the whole arena fully working-place.
All the artists, regardless of their ages, are working in a very professional way. From outlining the eyelashes to carving the Ganesha’s idol lancing, they were doing that work in a very fanatic way. And from that day I had a deep dive in this whole chapter of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
Before we get to know the ‘why’, it is must to know ‘what’. Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival which is celebrated in almost every part of southern India. But nowadays, the highlights of this festival can be seen in the whole of India as well as in other countries also.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-days long festival which was first celebrated by Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire in 1680. Because of the charms of this festival, people love to celebrate it. People love to use various colors, they decorate houses, they decorate homes, some people like to play Ganpati songs and some just like to dance on those songs. These are the charms of this festival.
This year we have celebrated this festival on 02 September. We brought Ganesha to our homes, we placed him on a very revered place and he happily stays there, to empower the wisdom and grace. Providing a new beginning to some good things, aside by removing all the obstacles.
There is a song in the movie, ABCD title Sambhu Sutaya (the bringer of happiness). In this song there is a stanza “Yun to sabhi devon ke aage ye sir jhuka hai moray par Apna hai tu Ghar humare Aaya hai moray, Ganpati Bappa Morya (we bestow our head in front of every Lord, but you are the only one who comes to our home, blessings of Ganesha is with us).
Reason Behind the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Shiva beheaded a child which was made by Goddess Parvati with the help of sandalwood paste to guard her while she was bathing. In the results, the whole world had to suffer the furious rage of Goddess Parvati. The whole world got trapped into the fiercely swiping anger volcano of Adi Shakti. It was that fast that the things could be done in a snap of fingers.
Then to cool down the Goddess’s rage, Lord Shiva had had to put a calf’s (baby elephant) head. Lord Shiva had not only given the face also he made him the Lord of prosperity, wisdom, and happiness. From the scriptures, that was this time of the year (August – September). That’s why this period of the year becomes more graceful and auspicious.
A Legend Related to This 10-days Worship of Lord Ganesha
After finding much on Google, in various religious books, and from elders, I got an answer from my elder sister, Shivani. Don’t know how much it is correct or it is just like the other myths.
Ved Vyaas directed Mahabharat to Lord Ganesha, Ved Vyaas ordered Lord Ganesha that he will not be able to move or other work, till the speaking and writing of Mahabharat get completed. They both started their work, days passed by, they have not eaten anything, in fact not a single drop of water. Lord Ganesha started feeling fainted but Ved Vyaas was able to manage himself.
In 10 days they completed the work and on that very day, Lord Ganesha fell on the ground due to the lack of energy and dehydration. That’s why on Ganpati Visarjan, we took the idols of the Ganesha to the waters.
Ganesh Chaturthi – The Emerging Festival of India
Though this very festival first celebrated in the Southern part of India now it is the festival of the whole World. Recently in New Jersey, USA, people brought Ganpati Ji to their houses and on 7th day they have celebrated Ganpati Visarjan.
On the very same page, there is a small city in Uttar Pradesh which celebrates the Ganesh Chaturthi at a very high level. Chandausi, a city near to Mooradabaad, is very famous for Ganesh Chaturthi Mela. And the shocking part is that the whole carnival arranged by only one person. In this carnival, people get to see much artistic work.
I especially had a visit to this city on Ganesh Chaturthi, my friend Megha (resident of this city) invited me to enjoy the whole processing. There were many idols of Gods, some are made up of match sticks, some of the cotton, and various other things. Besides the crowd, the mela was awesome and very chaotic.
Interestingly, this city is soon going to house the tallest sculptor of Lord Ganesh in the World.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/On-Ganesh-Chaturthi-one-mans-devotion-turns-small-UP-town-into-slice-of-Maharashtra/articleshow/49004608.cms
Right after the Diwali Celebration, this is the festival which is getting a big hype throughout the globe. If you want to live this festival to its inner core then you should visit Maharashtra. Literally a very best place to see the beauty of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Though I do not have any rights to molest the religious things, being an environmentalist and a nature lover, I think that we should not harm our rivers and water sources in respect to immersing the Ganesha Idols. Instead of this, we should bury the idols in our home’s garden or in a muddy place.
It has two good aspects, one is that the artistic idols that meant to be immersed in the waters will not get into our feet and also not going to harm our rivers. And the second one is very interested, it is connected with the study of ages and evolution. Like, when we dig a place and found a sculpture in that place, we call it a sacred or religious in the same way when the new era will come, they will get some more content to study. Let’s make a chapter for the planet’s new generation.
Bursting sounds of crackers, homes filled with the fragrance of scrumdiddlyumptious sweets, and cultured-ethnic outfit. This is how I would like to portrait, Diwali festival and Diwali celebration. A festival of lights, so that it could overcome the darkness of that Amavasya (New Moon Lunar Phase) night.
This year the festival will be celebrated on the 14th of November, worldwide. The processing of Diwali festival 2020 going to start from 5th, and who knows, you might be listening to the front-coming steps of this festival, BOOOOMMMM.
Also, the warmth of families and friends and the chill of the upcoming winter season, makes the picture-perfect day for the Diwali revelers in those autumn days. Diwali celebration is the thing for which we Indians waited for the whole year. It was the most popular and widely celebrated festival.
History of Diwali
From the Epic Ramayan, Lord Rama was deported from his native place with Mother Sita and his brother, Lakshman. When he went to 14 years of exile, he was used to be a boy but when he made his return, he was Lord Rama (still).
He won the battle of faith, truth, and pureness over the bad, evil, and ego. He defeated Ravana for his misdeeds. And in honor to that festival, Dussehra is celebrated on just twenty days before Diwali festival. To the fact, Diwali celebration gets started from that day.
On the day when he made his return to the homeland, amazingly that was the Amavasya night. So, in order to give reverence to the Lord Rama’s homecoming, that night was converted into a glowing day. The whole nation was decorated with oiled Earthen Lamps (Deepak) and for that, it is also known as Deepawali. The winning of good over bad up-roaring on that day, in the form of lights, everybody gets deep in the Diwali Celebration. Not giving any dam to the darkness of that night.
How to Celebrate Diwali?
Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (offerings), gifts, feast, and sweets. This is the main definition of the above question. Diwali celebration is comprised of these things in main and many more others. Diwali festival also celebrated for good health and Wealth. In many parts of India, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha also worshipped for unbound wealth and health respectively.
On the steps of Diwali Celebration, you can see the decorated stalls on the street sides, shops glittering in the fluctuating multi-color lights, and kids firing the crackers where ever they want. People also clean their houses to eliminate the bad luck and could be able to welcome well-being. Spreading warmth with the sweetness of hugs and boxes of sweets. People meet the close ones, young ones bowed down to touch the feet of elders in respect and everyone dressed like a million dollar baby on that day.
This is the festival which I think every Indian and adaptive heart, wanted to enjoy at its best. This festival takes everyone into that swinging mood, the mood in which everything fills spaces with joy and prosperity. From kids to old men, you can see the fire-crackers lovers (I am too, proudly).
Just after offering the prayers, people started Diwali celebration on its high by igniting up the crackers. And many people, also play cards in the late night (for fun and money-friendly passing to others). They say that cards keep them stay awake in the night of that Darkness. This is how Diwali Festival celebrated.
Best Places to Experience Diwali Celebration in India
There are every kind of people present in India, many like to celebrate this festival with family and some like to live this Diwali through the heart of Mother Land. So, if you love to explore and wanted to see the various ways in which Diwali Celebration
Diwali Celebration in Varanasi
The Ghats of Ganges blown up by the flickering lights of the Diyas and the pure waters of River Ganga emitting smoothing lights, make it the best place to visit during Diwali festival.
Diwali Celebration in Amritsar
Having the Golden Temple gets its name at higher position in this list. Though Golden Temple decorated on many events, but the boundless beauty of this temple can only be seen on Diwali night. The whole temple arena looks like a bride on the wedding day.
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Diwali Celebration in Mumbai
It is said that on the evening of Diwali, if you want to see some sparkling lights in the whole black sky, just grab a terrace and stick your eyes in the sky. Also just go to a beach, with your items of celebration, spend that night by just watching sky shots and listening to the roaring sound of waves.
Diwali Celebration in Udaipur
This city is known for its firework on the night of Diwali festival. You can see sky full of colors and bursting of lights second after second. People love to fire crackers up high on the hills in this city.
Diwali Celebration in Kolkata
On the Diwali, whole Howrah Bridge lightens up with bright colors lights, which makes soothing image of this festival in the eyes of seekers. This amazing lighting phenomenon can be seen very easily from any part of this city.
Countries in which Diwali is an official Holiday
As the tradition and culture of India spreading throughout the world, you can see its impact on many countries. The flawlessness of this festival made it amazing one and people wanted to live every moment of Diwali Celebration.
Even some travelers all around the world plan their visit in the season of this festival. They wanted to live up the charm of this festival so that they could get some stories for themselves only. And now in many countries Diwali festival is an official Holiday. Below are the countries:
A country in Oceania, the region near to Australia. A significant number of Hindus residing there with some locals also celebrate this festival with all rituals.
A country in South America, now also started celebrating Diwali Festival. Diwali Celebration can be seen in this country also.
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This is the country which is also known for its diverseness. Diversity in culture and tradition make this country to celebrate Diwali Festival.
In this country, Diwali festival is celebrated as good as in India. The whole Island turns up into a fairyland of twinkling lights when earthen oiled lamps were placed. It is also one of the best places to experience Diwali Celebration.
The trump of good over bad is also celebrated in this country. People of Myanmar celebrate this festival with great fervor and enthusiasm.
Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad. These are also the festival in which Diwali is declared an official Holiday.
For now, Diwali Celebration is on and we can see the hustle and bustle on the streets, as the days pass by, the color of this festival will get more impactful. On the 14th of November, India is the only part on the globe which we will glittering like a prism when a ray passes-by it in a room full of dark. Go get your best Diwali and make every possible thing good for the betterment of Diwali Celebration.
As I have said in my post (post), Agra just held 27th Taj Mahotsav from 18th Feb to 27th Feb 2018 successfully. This time this enormous carnival had the theme ‘Heritage’, for which my country is known very well. India has many things as a heritage tagged, though they truly deserve. As it was a thematic grand procession which showcases our Heritage things from classical folk dance to the heritage monuments.
This annual extravaganza reveals the rich cultural heritage of the country and unveiled the finest specimen of Indian craftsmanship. For a yearlong, every year the people of Uttar Pradesh not mentioning particularly only this state but I have seen many people from different parts too, wait expectantly for this festival help at Shilpgram.
India is the largest and old continuous civilization, has its name registered in the list of UNESCO Cultural Heritage list, by having the utmost number of sights and things (special thanks to Agra). People from all the parts of this endless world, feel awe for India and they want to visit this country at least for once as the same in the way we want to explore the other countries.
And yes, it made me feel proud on that. Yet, I haven’t seen much things till now but from every now and then I have a lust for exploring them back and forth. The heritage things will never be laying down us, an anecdote from my grand maa, she used to tell me every time.
This 10-day long carnival has the power to put anyone into amusement. This festival comprises of culture, craft, cuisines, and community (sometimes all we need is some doses of vitamin ‘C’). Jokes apart, out of these 10 days, I made it to this festival for three days, but it may vary day times. I had a visit in the late afternoon and one day I had a visit late at night and on last day I had a visit at the peak time.
Every time there was something which tends to think me that I had a visit for the very first time. On one day I saw some aged men were playing the drums with a mint of classical beats and some of them lost themselves in the magical sound produced by the drums. The whole arena was filled with the echoing of the drums. On another day I saw some entertainers, costumed like a horse and they were entertaining the crowd in the best way as they could be.
The experience of this one of India’s biggest carnival was simply amazing and as far as I concern I will going to visit not every (keeping all the necessary things in mind) but many Taj Mahotsav.
As soon as I entered through the main entry with holding a VIP pass (which somehow I managed), there were many stalls which are having many artifacts like Basses, pots, paintings, chandeliers, and many more crafty items.
Some people bargaining over the stuff that they liked and some bought the things which they find necessary. That’s what for which this festival known.
Like every year, Taj Mahotsav spaced a particular area for the Mainstage on which India’s best artists perform various classical folk dance, which seldom not produce a dancing effect in the giant tent (really it was felt be me only). Sometimes or for being a time period not big but recognizable celebrity performed on that stage like some that I witnessed Abhijit Bhattacharya and Palak Muchhal. They both gave grandeur performance just for the sake of entertainment of the public.
Just right after the main stage, there were the stalls of best Mughal cuisines where people have had the best taste so that they could able to satisfy their taste buds. And believe me the taste was really mouth-watering, and until the moment when I swallowed the first bite, the countless time I had to take gulp back in my throat.
There was a thing which attracted me most, there was a stall of books (the only thing which I love the most now), and the thing that attracted me was they were selling books at 200 bucks for one kg, can you imagine one Kg for 200 bucks in INR. Taking the whole advantage of this power I bought 5 books (weighted as 1 kg), thinking that I can pass the half year on them. There was a particular area in which the Northern Indian Railway showcases their every model from the beginning till now, and getting about them was really an outstanding experience for me. When I was wandering in this jamboree I was clearly able to felt that how great our Heritage things are and all this is only due to our ancestors. It forced me to think that we should also do the things on which our upcoming generation will have a proud of them.
The one who said that experiencing is the only way of exploring, undoubtedly had a genius mind because that is the thing which I felt after coming back to den from Shilpgram.
For the very first time, I get to know that India has 8 classical folk dance forms (Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri, and Mohiniyattam) and like this many more thing about our cultural Heritage I got to know.
And focusing on my favorite part, on the opposite side of stalls, outside the arena of markets. There was a huge ground in which there were different types of rides like a giant wheel, roller coaster, gravitron, spinning teacups and many more. I had a ride almost each of them. After seeing this type of rides the kid in me wakes up and he enjoys till the last moment.
Nonetheless, exploration comes after the experience, the more you experience the things smoothly the more you will explore or get exposure. So keep the pace with life and keep focusing on the things which help in living a happy life. Because life is meant to be lived joyfully.