Happy Diwali Everyone, Rajasthan Marwari Style 🙂
MBF wishes all our viewers a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. May the lights of Diyas fill in your life with great joy, prosperity and success.
Let me just give you guys a little insight into how Marwaris celebrate this festival of lights and joy.
According to the Indian Legend of Lord Rama, is it believed that this was the day when Lord Ram won the battle against Ravana who had captured Sita (Ram’s Wife) by force. Ram brought happiness and prosperity to the people who were suffering under the rule of Ravana.
Diwali is celebrated on a no moon day. When Lord Ram returned to ayodhya, his home kingdom, the people of Ayodhya lit earthen lamps all over the kingdom to light his way and welcome him home. This also marks the victory of light over darkness.
Coming to the marwari part of it, Our Diwali lasts for 5 days. Yes! Our five-day celebration begins with Dhanteras, ‘Choti Diwali’ or Roop Chaudas, Diwali, Padwa or Budha Diwali and Bhai Dooj.
On Dhanteras, purchase of silver is mandatory.These days people have started purchasing Gold. The concept is to bring a valuable thing home.
In the evening Pooja, we have idols of Lord Ganesha and Godess Laxmi. We buy a silver coin every Diwali and offer it to the Gods. We have Diyas in the numbers 21 or 51.
There is one major Diya which is called as the Yama Diya. This Diya is supposed to be burning the entire night. One lady of the house has to sleep near the Pooja place in order to make sure that the Diya is lighted through out the night.
After the Pooja, the other Diyas are placed at all corners of the house like the entrance, steps, windows, near Tulsi maa (We consider the plant Tulsi or Ocimum Sanctum as sacred and call is “maa” or mother as a mark of respect), kitchen stove, garden and many more such places.
The diyas mark wisdom, success and purity.
Of course, we decorate Diyas and decorate the entrance of our house with rangoli colours.
There are much more things done. I will take you guys through all of it when I am home. Its been 7 years that I am away from home on Diwali. I miss ghar ki Diwali.
Once again, everyone from MBF Blog Team wishes all you guys and your families a very Happy Diwali 🙂