The festive season is not yet over. Followed by Durga Puja, another great festival “Diwali” – the festival of lights, is celebrated with great enthusiasm and in high spirit in Kolkata. Across the city, substantial number of puja pandals can be seen which implies that in the eye of Kolkatans, no festival is less important. The festival occurs on the fifteenth day of Kartika. Generally, the festival begins with Dhanteras, a day set aside to worship Lakshmi and Kuber. On this day new articles like gold and silver made jewelries and coins are bought. Beside this, some people prefers to buy utensils. The reason behind buying those articles is spiritual belief that if such articles are bought on this auspicious day, god and goddess will come along with it.
On the day of Kali Puja, houses and shops are decorated, lamps are lit and gifts are exchanged. Delicious food items and sweets are prepared. At this time, old business accounts are settled and new books are opened. Children burst crackers and get intoxicated by the different colorful lights the crackers emit. In some places functions are organized and celebrities are invited. Streams of song and music make the atmosphere pleasant.
There is a mythology associated with the festival. Rama after killing Ravana on Vijayadashmi, returned home along with wife Sita and younger brother Lakshmana after 14 years of exile. The people of Ayodhya were so excited that they illuminated the whole of kingdom with Deep (Lamps), so this festival is also called Deepavali. It is also the day when Shri Krishna killed Narakaasura—the demon of sorrow and hell.
About Kolkata Team wishes all our visitors a happy, prosperous and healthy Diwali. May goddess fill the heart with the oil of love. Light it with the knowledge of truth and remove the darkness of ignorance around you.
Enjoy the festival whole heatedly and safely.