Diwali Celebrations in Maharashtra

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Diwali in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, Diwali starts from Vasubaras which is the 12th day of the 2nd half of the Marathi month Ashvin. This day is celebrated by performing an Aarti of the cow and its calf - which is a symbol of love between mother and her baby.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

The next day is Dhana Trayodashi. This day is of special importance for traders and business people. It is also considered an auspicious day for making important purchases, especially metals, including kitchenware and precious metals like silver and gold.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

This is followed by Naraka Chaturdashi. On this day people get up early in the morning and take their bath before sunrise while stars are still visible. Bathing is an elaborate process on this day with abundant use of ‘ubtans’, oils and perfumes, and is preceded by an Aarti performed on the person by some lady, usually mother or wife. The whole process is referred to as ‘abhyanga-snaan’.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

Then comes Lakshmi- pooja. It occurs on Amavasya i.e. no moon day.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

New account books are opened after a pooja.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

Generally the traders do not make any payments on that day (according to their belief Lakshmi should not be given away but must come home).

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Diwali in Maharashtra

In every household, cash, jewellery and an idol of the goddess Lakshmi is worshipped.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

Friends, neighbours and relatives are invited over and celebrations are in full swing.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

The broom used to clean one's house is also worshipped as a symbol of Lakshmi in some places .

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Diwali in Maharashtra

Padwa' is the 1st day of the new month " Kartik in the Hindu calendar. It marks the start of Hindu financial year. It’s a special day for Husband and wife. The wife puts tilak on her husbands forehead and gets an expensive gift. In recent times there is a growing trend of organising a cultural event called 'Diwali Padwa' early in the morning.

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Diwali in Maharashtra

Bhaubeej " it is the time when the bond of love between a brother and sister is further strengthened as the sister asks God for her brother’s' long and successful life while she receives presents from her beloved brothers.

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