21 October 2014

Diwali - The Festival of Lights

Diwali is celebrated for five days in North India, starting from Dhanteras(13th day of Aashwija/Ashvin month in Hindu calender) and ending on Bhau-beej(2nd day of Kartik month), when sisters visit their brothers and prey for their long life and happiness. Diwali in South India is from Chaturdashi(14th day of Aashwija/Ashvin), celebrated as Naraka Chaturdashi and ends with Bali Padyani(1st day of Kartik), which commemorates the victory of Vamana(one of Vishu's avatar(incarnation)), over demon Mahabali.
Today is Dhanteras, Dhan meaning money and Teras meaning 13, Lakshmi - Goddess of Wealth is worshiped on this day. Its said, this day is auspicious to buy gold and precious things. 
People lite their homes with lights and gift friends and family, through the five days of festivity. And so are markets full of lanterns, diyas(lights), sweets and gift packs. Here are few of the clicks from market,
Of all the one which  tops my list is this Suwarna Mitai, a sweet meat with gold foil, which costs Rs. 9000/kg, the costliest of all I have come across.
 
And these packs of dry fruits, which range from Rs. 400 to Rs. 10,000 per pack depending on the packing and weight,





 Few Chocolate gift packs,



Then are these colourful lanterns, which you find at each and every store here in Mumbai,





And variety of diyas and candles,
 Wish You all a Happy Dhanteras!!!

6 comments:

  1. Such an array of pictures showcasing the real essence of Diwali! Warm festival greetings to you and your family, Meghana :)

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  2. Beautiful post with photos of happiness and celebration

    thanks meghana

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  3. Thank you all n wishes to you too..

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