Diwali Celebrations in Orissa, Assam and Kolkata

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Orissa

In Orissa the family Goddess Mahavidya is worshipped on Deepavali .

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Orissa
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Orissa

All the members of the household gather together just after dusk. A rangoli of a sailboat is made on the ground. The boat has seven chambers. Over the drawing of each different chamber several items are kept - cotton, mustard, salt, asparagus root, turmeric and a wild creeper. Over the central chamber are the offerings meant for [prasad]. Perched over the prasad is a jute stem with a cloth wick tied around the edge. It is lit at the beginning of the puja.

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Orissa
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Orissa

All members of the family hold a bundle of jute stems in their hands, Lighting their respective bundles from the flame on the rangoli, they raise them skywards chanting:

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Orissa
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Orissa

Beside the rangoli, a mortar and pestle and a plough are also kept and worshiped.

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Kolkatta/Assam

Kali Puja is light-up night for Kolkata & Assam, corresponding to the festival of Diwali (pronounced Dipabali in Bengali), where people light candles in memory of the souls of departed ancestors.

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Kolkatta/Assam

The goddess Kali is worshipped for whole night on one night during this festival.

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Kolkatta/Assam
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