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What Makes Jaipur One Of The Best Places For Celebrating 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, 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 is no match for these LED lights when it comes to illumination & light effect, traditional Diya evokes a different feeling. Diwali is synonymous with Diya; it is 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 setups 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 a 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.

Following are the pictures of the beautifully lit up  Albert Hall Museum built in Indo-Saracenic 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 get 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. 

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 a stencil. 

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.
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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.

Where to witness the Diwali Celebration in Jaipur?

Diwali decoration is what everyone loves to witness in Jaipur. Apart from this, there is special Diwali Puja in temples. In some temples, it is held on Dhanteras day whereas in others it is on Diwali or Kartik Amavasya. The Diwali celebrations and Aarti at Sri Ramchandra Temple in Jaipur is famous as the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.

 

 

 

Following are popular places to see the Diwali decoration in Jaipur.

  1. Johari Bazaar 

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    Diwali decoration in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
  2. Albert Hall Museum 

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    Albert Hall Museum on Diwali night
  3. Chaura Rasta 

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    Chaura Rasta Diwali lighting
  4. Tripolia Bazaar isar-laat-swargasuli-tripolia-bazaar-jaipur-diwali
  5. Jal Mahal 

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    Jal Mahal or Water Palace on Diwali
  6. MI Road 

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    MI Road
  7. Statue Circle, C Scheme 

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    Statue Circle

The view of Jaipur city from Nahargarh Fort on Diwali is spellbinding. Do note that many times police blocks the road leading to the fort because of drink and drive menace. Your best bet is to visit Nahargarh for sunset and witness the sunset followed by Diwali lighting.

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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 the 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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70 thoughts on “What Makes Jaipur One Of The Best Places For Celebrating Diwali In India?

  1. Great post with some lovely picures JP….yes, Diwali is around the corner and I can say without doubt that we are already seeing it come alive in Jaipur through your post…..it is celebrated with much color in Calcutta too….:) the City of Joy becomes the City of Lights…

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  2. Hi Arv, I didn’t realize Diwali in Jaipur can be so amazing. The decorations, Pooja supplies pouch, Rangoli, laddoos, potters, marigold garlands in Johri bazaar together they all make Diwali in Jaipur the best ever. All the festivities must be starting right about now.

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    1. Jyoti, Jaipur is a great city to witness the splendour of Diwali. Despite the city advancing so much, you can still witness the traditions. Yes, it is still setting up. Things have diluted so much over the last few years that shopping during Diwali is no more customary! So the momentum gains only in last few days! Would love to see Diwali festivities in SF! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Maniparna. Roop Chaudas is a day prior to Diwali. I think you should be able to relate it with these two names – Naraka-Chaturdashi or Kali Chaudas since you mentioned Goddess Kali.

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  3. Brilliant post ARV. I totally agree with you and just like Rajasthan Diwali in Himachal and better parts of North India is celebrated in similar 5-day fashion. Starting on Dhanteras and finishing up on Bhai Duj. Our heritage and history are preserved in these few days and I am proud to be a part of this Indian community.

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    1. Thanks, Abhishek. Although the festival has undergone a dramatic change in the last few years but still I feel it has its charm.
      I would love to read how it is celebrated in your town. It will be an interesting read. 🙂

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  4. Arv, this is a beautiful post on Diwali of Jaipur… this festival of light is such a wonderful festival and is celebrated in every city and village of India, in their own way. The best part of this festival I feel is the light, every corner there is light and the age-old Diyas have no match. You have such beautiful pictures of the lighted monuments, thanks for showing us Diwali of Jaipur.

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    1. Sarmistha, Many people have mentioned that Diwali in their cities are not grand or spellbinding especially in South India or East India. In Hindi belt, that’s a different thing!

      I agree that candles and lights are no match for Diyas. They are so symbolic of this festival. I’m glad you liked this post. Is it a grand celebration in your town?

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing these photos with us Arv! What a treat it is to experience Diwali in Jaipur through your blog! My favorites are Jal Mahal and Albert Hall Museum and of course the market and diya photos- they have such an organic quality to them.

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