Friday, 23 November 2012

Deepawali Festival 2012

One more festival pictures...

Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights). Deepawali is four days of celebration.

Diwali, the festival of lights and it ssociated with many customs and traditions. Diwali also celebrates the return of Lord Rama, King of Ayodhya, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya from a war in which he killed the demon king Ravana. It is believed that the people lit oil lamps along the way to light their path in the darkness.

On this day entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli designs with foot prints of Devi Lakshmi (specially in Kumaon region known as Aipan) to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses.

Lamps are kept burning all through the night. Believing this day to be auspicious women purchase some gold or silver or at least one or two new utensils.


  1. Such delightful pictures! You captured the festival in all it's glory, I especially loved the 3rd picture of the glowing diyas.

  2. Thank you for telling us about this festival, and for your marvelous pictures. I especially like the photos you took of the candles and lights. Very well done!

  3. really very enticing ! very cosy n homely pics.

  4. Beautiful festival, well taken. It seems to me, that every day there is a festival, how lush.

  5. all festivals shares peace and happiness in all minds. you shared beautiful photos of festival.


  6. Really exotic, thanks for showing !...and thanks for taking me on this trip!