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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 one of the best Diwali celebration in India.  Among all festivals celebrated in Jaipur, perhaps Diwali is the only festival that transforms the city into a glitzy avatar. Jaipur is one of the few places in India where Diwali is celebrated with enthusiasm & zeal. Diwali 2019 date is 27 October ’19.

Read  Will Diwali shine on people this year?

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Fireworks in the Jaipur sky during Diwali Celebrations.

Fancy lighting can be seen everywhere –  dwelling units, markets, malls, buildings, and monuments. People flock to markets hunting for gifts and deals. Everyone is in a festive spirit. Read Diwali Gifting Mithai Vs Chocolates

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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 Diwali. Most of these parties run well past midnight. Although this is completely an urban phenomenon, the festive mood is everywhere.

History of Diwali in Jaipur

For a long time, Jaipur has followed a tradition of observing a 5 day Diwali celebration. Here is information on 5 days of Diwali.  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

Read this post in continuation of Will Diwali shine on people this year?

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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 buildings in Jaipur all lit up for Diwali. These two pictures were shot at Statue Circle Jaipur which has a statue of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur.

Read post on Statue Circle: Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II | The Founder Of Jaipur

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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 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

Diwali Traditions

While a lot of Diwali traditions are common across the country, only a few are specific to the city. What makes them even more unique is the context and the place. Here are scenes from the Bazaars in Jaipur on Diwali selling items for the Lakshmi Puja.

Buying sugarcane for Diwali Lakshmi Puja

Sugarcane sellers can be spotted everywhere in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur. People well conversant with traditions believe sugarcane is an offering made to the elephants associated with Goddess Lakshmi.

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

Marigold Flowers For Decoration

The marigold flower sellers swarm all over the walled city markets in Jaipur on Lakshmi Puja day. A large number of them are from the nearby villages looking at making quick money since everyone buys these flowers for decoration. Owing to huge demand, the prices for flowers go up.

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Marigold Garland in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur.

Idols of Lakshmiji and Ganeshji

People buy idols or printed images for Diwali Lakshmi Puja.

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A potter selling his creations in a temporary roadside booth during Diwali in Jaipur

Pujan Samagri

Pre-packed Pujan Samagri for Lakshmi Puja is also in high demand. Traditionally, people would buy them individually going as per the Pujan Samagri list from the shops but owing to lack of time, these packets are preferred choice.

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Pre-packed Pujan Samagri for sale in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

Special Diwali Rangoli

Rangoli art is an important part of Diwali decoration and celebration. Rangoli is a colorful pattern made on the floor that is very popular and can be seen in almost every household. Women make beautiful designs of Rangoli for Diwali. Colored powder and fresh flower petals are often used for making new Rangoli designs.

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Lotus motifs used in Indian Rangoli Design for Diwali. 

Some people use Rangoli Stencil instead of a free hand to create Rangoli patterns on the floor. Stencils enable easy Rangoli design for Diwali.

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? 

Simple Diwali Rangoli, step by step pictures.

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Indian Rangoli starts with sketching on the floor with the help of a Chalk.
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Filling colors in the chalk pattern to create Rangoli on the floor for Diwali.
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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.

Diwali Aarti in Jaipur

Before anything else, one should experience special Diwali Puja. The Diwali celebrations and Aarti at Sri Ramchandra Temple in Jaipur is famous as the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.

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Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur
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Devotees lined up during Aarti. Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur

Diwali Decoration in Jaipur

The Diwali decoration in Jaipur attracts many travelers and tourists. Jaipur is one of the few cities where the city decks up for the Diwali celebrations. Read on to know about places for Diwali decoration in Jaipur.

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  sawai-jai-singh-ii-statue-circle-c-scheme-jaipur-diwali-decoration-jaipurthrumylens

  8. Jaipur View From Nahargarh Fort

The Jaipur view 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 enjoy the sunset view along with Diwali lighting.  Nahargarh Fort restaurant Padao is the preferred choice for the Jaipur views.

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Diwali celebration in the holy city of Varanasi is also very popular. It has religious importance due to the presence of many Hindu temples & river Ganga. 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 the 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 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 don a glitzy look during Diwali in Jaipur

 

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82 thoughts on “What Makes Jaipur One Of The Best Places For Celebrating 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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