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What makes Jaipur one of the best place to celebrate Diwali in India?

Have you ever wondered which are the best places to celebrate Diwali in India? If you are traveling in India during Diwali May I suggest Jaipur? Jaipur Diwali is considered as the best Diwali celebration in India.

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Fireworks in the Jaipur sky during Diwali Celebrations.

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Jaipur is one of the few places in India where Diwali is celebrated with enthusiasm & zeal. Among all festivals celebrated in Jaipur, perhaps Diwali is the only festival which transforms the city into a glitzy avatar. Fancy lighting can be  seen everywhere –  houses, markets and commercial building, monuments….. people thronging markets hunting for gifts and deals…there is a festive spirit all around!

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Lighting at one of the commercial markets in Jaipur during Diwali. Diwali in Jaipur

Diwali marks the start of the festive season. As soon as Diwali ends, the wedding season starts, therefore there are many wedding oriented exhibitions & shows during this period. Diwali parties especially the card parties and get together catches on around two weeks before the Diwali. Most of these parties run well past the mid-night. Although this is completely an urban phenomenon, but the festive mood is everywhere.

For a long time, Jaipur has followed a tradition of observing 5 day Diwali celebration. It starts with Dhanteras on day one, Roop Chaudas on day 2, Diwali or Lakshmi Puja on day 3, Goverdhan Puja on day 4 and Bhai Duj on day 5. So for the first 3 days, markets and establishments are all decked up with the lights.

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A jewelry store, all decked up with LED lights during Diwali celebrations in Jaipur

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Diya lit up and ready to illuminate the house on Diwali. This picture is composed and captured by a  friend.

Traditionally, Diya  made of clay were used to light up the houses. This was later replaced by candles. Imported  Chinese LED lights in the last few years have kind of taken over all the buildings. While Diya or Deepak are no match for these LED lights when it come to illumination & light effect, traditional Diya evokes a different feeling. Diwali is synonymous with Diya; its  not the case with  cheap LED lights that we see all around. However,this year saw a big come-back of the Diya made by the potters, locally.

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You can find a wide assortment of Diya in the local market. This one was captured at Johari Bazaar, Jaipur. The potter themselves set up such temporary set ups to sell Diya.

This is how these Diyas end up for the Diwali decoration!

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Traditional ways to celebrate Diwali with lit up Diya.  Jaipur Diwali

Many tourists  visit  Jaipur  to witness & experience the Diwali celebrations, both from abroad as well as India. Jaipur is a popular destination among the  Gujarati and Bengali tourists during the Diwali vacations.

You will find many monuments and building in Jaipur all lit up for the Diwali. These two pictures were shot at Statue Circle, Jaipur which has a statue of Maharajah Sawai jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur.

Also read related post on Statue Circle : Sawai Jai Singh II / 328th Birth Anniversary/ Statute Circle

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Lighting at Statue Circle, Jaipur. Jaipur Diwali.
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Statue Circle which has a statue of Maharajah Sawai jai Singh II, all lit up during Diwali

Following are the pictures of the  beautifully lit up  Albert Hall Museum built in Indo-Sarascenic architectural style by the Samuel Swinton  Jacob in 1887 AD. Albert Hall museum  is a very popular tourist attraction in Jaipur and features an Egyptian mummy as one of its key attractions. The foundation of this building was laid by the  Prince of Wales, Albert Edward in 1876 AD during his Jaipur Visit.

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Albert Hall museum, Jaipur. All lit up!
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Albert Hall museum during Jaipur Diwali.
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A close up of Albert hall museum during Jaipur Diwali!
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Side view of Albert Hall museum, Jaipur. Diwali in Jaipur
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Another close up that highlights the intricate carving and workmanship of  130 year old Albert Hall museum. Jaipur Diwali lighting

Here are scenes from the Bazaars in Jaipur on Diwali selling items for the Lakshmi Puja. Most of these are from the Johari Bazar

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Sugarcane and Tuk-Tuk or auto rickshaws on Diwali day in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

Sugarcane sellers can be spotted everywhere in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

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Marigold Garland sellers virtually take over the pavements of Johari Bazaar, Jaipur. The side pavements gets filled up with these flower sellers on Lakshmi Puja day.
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A potter selling his creations in a temporary roadside booth during Diwali in Jaipur
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Pre-packed Pujan Samagri  for sale in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur used for Lakshmi Puja on Diwali.

Rangoli art is an important part of Diwali decoration and celebration. These colorful patterns made on the floor are very popular and can be seen in almost every household. While some use colored powder others use fresh flower petals.

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Lotus motifs used in Indian Rangoli Design for Diwali.  Diwali in Jaipur

A few also use Rangoli Stencil instead of free hand to create Rangoli patterns on the floor. Here is a Rangoli pattern created with  a stencil.

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Indian Rangoli created with stencil. Diwali in Jaipur

How to make Rangoli for Diwali in action.

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Indian Rangoli starts with a sketching on the floor with the help of a Chalk.#How to make Rangoli for Diwali. Jaipur Diwali
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Filling colors in the chalk pattern to create Rangoli on the floor for Diwali. #How to make Rangoli. Diwali Celebrations in Jaipur
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Almost done!This is how Rangoli shapes up for Diwali. #Indian Rangoli picture

Diwali celebration in the holy city of Varanasi is also very popular. It has a religious importance  due to the presence of many Hindu temples & river Ganga flowing through the city. The Ganga Aarti and lighting at the ghats in Varanasi on Diwali is a mesmerizing experience.  Jaipur is surely not in the same league.

Diwali in Jaipur, on the other hand has a much more glitzy avatar. There’s a unique blend of culture & religion in Diwali celebrations in Jaipur. Where else can you experience the eclectic mix of the modern and traditional way of celebrating the festival of lights? People who have witnessed Diwali celebrations across various cities claim that Diwali celebration in Jaipur is one of its kind. Therefore Jaipur is best place to celebrate Diwali in India. The city surely knows how to celebrate Diwali and spread the good vibes all around. You should experience the festival of lights in Jaipur, at least once in your lifetime.

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Commercial complex & shops too don a glitzy look during Diwali in Jaipur

 

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44 thoughts on “What makes Jaipur one of the best place to celebrate Diwali in India?

  1. I am convinced through your post that Jaipur seems to be the place to be at during Diwali period! I have not even been to Varanasi to see the celebrations.

    Loved your pics, especially of Diyas. Happy to know that people are getting back to traditional ways of lighting.

    Btw, have you seen that mummy in museum?

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    1. Jennifer I feel the beauty of Diwali lies in these lit diyas and not in fancy lights or fireworks. The flickering of fire looks beautiful.
      I hope you’ll experience Diwali in Jaipur someday Jennifer! 🙂

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  2. Happy Diwali!
    The colours are wonderful Arv! Even better then here at Christmas!!
    I watched a documentary(2012) on Jaipur yesterday about the “Monkey Thieves” of Jaipur, and the man who makes Kites and catches the trouble making monkeys! It showed much of the city and I recognized many of the spots you have featured! So many people, over 3 million! wow! and we only have 17,500 in our city! Cheers! T.

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    1. I’m glad you watched this program. I have only watched some pieces from it. I made a post on these monkey as well. I’ll share post with you. The population of the city exceeds that figure -around 4 million now! 🙂

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  3. Amazing images of one of the great festivals in Jaipur! Perhaps our neighbors are visiting your marvelous city as I am writing this comment. Thank you so much to produce such a high quality post on a slice of Indian culture!

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    1. Thank You. I get your point. It’s surely a photographer’s goldmine with so much to capture with varied topics. I would like to see your India pictures, can post a link to them?

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    1. Ha Ha! There’s so much of Mithai/sweet overdose during Diwali that for next 5-6 days, you don’t even want to talk about it. Next time…surely! There are so many aspects involved related to Diwali that you don’t want to create post on same things. Last year I made a post on Ramchandra temple on Goverdhan Puja day! Did you check it out?

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  4. Good stuff. Full of brightness and colour.

    Just one comment – Diwali in Varanasi is just like Diwali in any other Northern city. What you are talking about is probably what is called Dev Deepavali which falls on the Karthik Poornima (around 14-15 days post Diwali). This time its falling on 14th November 2016. (Easy way to find out when is Dev Deepavali – search for Guru Nanak’s Dev birthday in the calendar, its the same date). For people in Varanasi the celebrations are much bigger than Diwali – its the time when all the gods (devtas) come and celebrate the festival of lights with us mortals on the banks of the river Ganges.

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    1. Well pointed. Dev Diwali is surely much grander and one of it’s kind. To be honest, having a holy dip during kartik poornima is popular at both Varanasi and Pushkar. Pushkar cattle fair takes place around Kartik Poornima as pointed by you.

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  5. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post, Arv! I have been to Jaipur last December, and recall visiting quite a few of those places you’ve mentioned. I think they still light up the forts very beautifully or so my memory tells me, as they used to, years ago. Did I tell you I have been to the museum and we did see the mummy – the star attraction that you mentioned? I skipped the zoo though 😀 Having lived in Jaipur many years back, I recall some of the festive lights around Tilak Nagar and later, JawaharNagar, where we used to stay. Jaipur remains and will always be one of my most favourite cities in the world. 🙂

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    1. Esha! It’s great to know that you spent some years in Jaipur. Yes, the forts are lit up beautifully for Diwali too, but it’s difficult and boring to post so many pictures. Perhaps some other time! Even otherwise, most monuments are lit up in the night. Btw, they have already started night tourism, so Amer Fort and Albert hall museum are open in night for tourists. I’m not surprised to find that Jaipur is one of your favorite city! Thanks for sharing yours thoughts here Esha! 🙂

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