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10 Things No One Tells You At Your Wedding

Wedding season is upon us and what better way to enlighten your day than to give you insights into the most annoyingly funny things you are going to experience in the next few months, at your wedding (while the singles laugh). Jokes apart, here’s a list of things that are the most peculiar memories that nobody talks about before their big day but usually end up laughing at, when they look back at their wedding day celebrations.

(Suggestion: Keep reading, it gets even more intriguing)

  1. You’re going to dislike most of your gifts

Don’t get too excited fellas, there’s a good chance that somebody passed onto you the gift that they did not like. It could be anything, you could get tons of grinders, really.

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  1. You might look like a joker

Brides usually get one chance to get their makeup done – nobody sits for two hours straight to get a trial. Hence, let’s just hope your salon does not mess up.

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  1. Disastrous Sangeet on its way

You’d call professional choreographers and back dancers and think that your Sangeet function would be like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani but in reality it would turn up exactly like a Salman Khan dance.

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  1. Get ready to be picked up

Brides and grooms, this one is going to hit you hard…

Be prepared to be picked up on the shoulders by random uncles or friends and hear them shout “uthale uthale” or “hum nahin jhukenge” during Varmala, for no reason at all. It is going to be annoying but hold in tight – you got this!

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  1. Say hello to no freedom

Yes, it is true. The more people you invite, the less freedom you get. Honestly, it can get very taxing, trying to listen to everyone & meet their expectations. So stay selectively aloof!

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  1. Experience family drama

The worst part about having big Indian families is that someone or the other gets into an argument on petty issues like food, hotel rooms, or gifts, because let’s be real – are we really hoping to be one of Suraj Barjatyas?

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  1. Your stuff will get misplaced

There are bigger problems like your clothes not fitting you properly or Pinky aunty not finding her earrings because of which you barely get the time to think straight and you forget what is where and what is supposed to be where.

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  1. You look cool with hashtags

Sorry to break this to you but if you don’t have your own couple-hashtag then you are probably pretty outdated. What is better than a social media buzz about yourself right? At least that’s what everyone says!

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  1. Get annoyed by in-laws

Now this one’s a little tricky – one of your immediate in-laws is going to annoy you and you wouldn’t know whether or not to rant to your spouse about this. So, unless your in-laws are straight out of a fairy tale or it’s a love marriage where you know your spouse, good luck buddy.

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  1. The Male Rishtedaar Gaze

After a tired evening, you’d think you would get a chance to eat in peace but no, nobody accepts that. Jaan le kar hi maante hain. All your relatives, waiters, camerapersons would be standing on top of your head to get the perfect shot of you eating like a monkey.

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But this is all in good spirit and nothing serious, to be very honest. We don’t want to scare  you (or do we?) but these small things are mandatorily occurring and nothing to be bothered by. If it is your main day soon, we hope you enjoy your wedding with your friends and family!

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Oh, by the way,  do tag your fiancé or spouse for banter!

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Bundi- A perfect getaway to escape|Jaipur Beat

The weekend is here! We suggest you go for a quick getaway from Jaipur during this time, unwinding from your busy schedules.  How about Bundi – A little drop of fantasy that exists in this vast land of Rajasthan. A town, not talked much, and is just 35 km NW of Kota on NH 12.

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This is where you get your soul filled with novelty and freshness as the charming place is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes and numerous step wells ‘Baories’, temples and mosque dominate the small town.

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Just like a hidden gem Bundi is not yet highly placed on the tourist itineraries and thus the place is still able to preserve its charismatic charm. Whilst walking on the streets you are all at your own exhaling the splendour of this scenic town without any noise and pollution. Yes, No Pollution

A picturesque Nawal Sagar man-made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during Sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’.

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Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue.  Either you are atop Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur or at Bundi Fort you get a glimpse of the Blue City.

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Unbelievable but true that this little town of Rajasthan hoards around 60 Baories or Stepwell and almost all have supreme craftsmanship and architecture. The finest example being the Rani Ji Ki Baori.

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The mesmerizing miniature paintings of Chitrashala are the most striking reminiscent of the rare art. The walls, ceiling of Chitrashala are completely covered with paintings. These splendid paintings in the Chitrashala are par excellence and can be compared with probably the best anywhere in the world.

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Not just the beauty of this town but this is also the time of celebration of culture and adventure in the marvellous town of Bundi. The annual  Bundi festival that started on 15th-17th  November turn the city into a vivid spectrum. Partaking or witnessing the three-day-long Bundi Festival in Rajasthan is a beautiful way to delight the travellor inside you. With exciting activities, cultural performances and beautiful landscapes, Bundi Festival is one of the most invigorating experiences to make memories.

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So plan your trip and treat yourself in one of the most beautiful and scenic places of Rajasthan.

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Winter Is Coming!

Hello Fellas! Good is finally happening to us – the winters are almost here (sigh) and we’re finally going to get a break from the heat, even though it has not exactly been as terrible as before. There are lots of reasons to look forward to this season’s winter like school holidays, timely leaves from office, cosy nights but here’s a list of the most important things that we believe everyone gets excited about the most:

  1. Silk

Yes, yes, yes! We finally get to adorn silk sarees and shirts without drenching in our sweat and especially now, considering that the wedding season has just begun – it is the perfect time to flaunt, lads.

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Time to say bye-bye cotton!

  1. Gajar ka Halwa

The Ma-ke-haath-ka Gajar ka Halwa is heaven. The beautiful amalgamation of milk, sugar, delicious carrots topped with crunchy almonds is the best thing god ever invented.

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  1. Sunbathing

Okay, we know we said we need a break from the heat – but the feeling of sitting under the winter sun is totally different. Sitting on your terrace in the afternoon, eating guava or radish and just absorbing the rays is so so so satisfying.

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  1. Peanuts

Eating roasted peanuts with family is a childhood memory that can only be re-lived during this time of the year, when hundreds of vendors are going to come down the street to sell peanuts. 90s kids would understand the nostalgic feeling of their father getting peanuts wrapped in newspaper, only to eat with Gud.

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  1. Eggs

While eggs are super-duper tasty, they are extremely beneficial during low temperatures. They contain vitamin D which is essential for the body especially because the sun rays are weak.

So, no need to come up with bahanas to eat eggs now! 😜

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  1. Coconut Oil

Damaged hair knows the real pain here –  thankfully we can apply coconut oil now & condition our hair, and skin (yay). Plus, who doesn’t always cherish a good warm oil massage? 😉

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  1. Festivals

This time of the year, many festivals like Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur Jewellery Show and obviously the on-going Pushkar Fair, to name a few, begin. There’s madness, fun and celebration of culture, food and knowledge which is extremely exciting.

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  1. Weddings

Gathering with your friends and family after a long time and having a good time is what we all wait for. A wedding in India is filled with lots of emotions – where you celebrate, cry, laugh, probably feel lonely (😂) because you’re still unmarried (just kidding!) and feel blessed. There’s truly nothing like it!

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  1. Boots

Wearing boots and feeling like you own the world is another thing about winters – the only thing disappointing is that you wished it snowed and you got to wear boots often. All the fashion prodigies would agree, eh?

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Looks like we’ve covered the list!

But let us know your favourite part about winters, that you think we’ve missed, in the comment section below! 😁

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Pushkar Fair has a lot more to offer than just camel fair

The greatly awaited Pushkar Fair is right upon us, scheduled to begin on 4th November and will culminate till 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima. There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues.

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The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over. The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now.

Primarily, thousands of pilgrims and cattle merchants flock the town for holy rituals or the trade of cattle and livestock. But, that’s not all; Pushkar fair has a lot to offer to the travellers who are neither pilgrims nor traders. Buzzing markets, fascinating ghats and activity grounds are enough to catch the fancy of travellers and photographers.

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Sunrise and Sunset: The vibes and the views of Pushkar switch within every hour right from the dawn to dusk, added to that the starry sky above ignited Pushkar Lake gives a heavenly chill in nerves. During early mornings and evenings, when the dust mixes with golden light falling from the sun it’s an absolute delight to watch the camels and the camel traders in the Mela ground. You not only get to see the heard of camels but also get a glimpse into the life of a rural Rajasthan, where the traders heat up the chullahs (a kind of stove used for cooking the food ) and prepare their food with minimum ingredients. Thousands of people from the world across come to capture only this spectacle.

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Markets: The narrow streets and lanes of the town have hidden within themselves a whole world of intrigue; from the local artifacts and handicrafts to funky apparels and chunky jewellery, Pushkar’s cozy markets are the treasure trove for a shopping enthusiast.

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Ghats: The Ghats in the holy land of Brahma are said to be nothing less than those of Varanasi. Roaming around the ghats with a soothing sound of hymns and bells renders tranquility to the visitors. While the night scene becomes even more fascinating when evening aarti is performed on these Ghats. Illuminated with multitude of lights the Ghats and lake take the spectators into a world of solace and peace.

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Food: Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. Special Masala chai in Kulhad, Authentic Italian pizza, unique Poha Dal Pakwaan and Ugma ji ki kachori are a few to dishes to tantalize your taste buds. However, as you walk down the streets of Pushkar amidst the aroma of freshly made baatis, puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup will call out only one thing- pure bliss.

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Adventure and Activities: Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities like camel cart ride, horse riding, bullock cart ride and giant wheel that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November – Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

How to reach Pushkar:

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By Air

The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Kishangarh, which is 36 kilometres away. Apart from this, Jaipur Airport is the major airport, which is 140 Kms and well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar. The journey from airport to the city will take approximately 3 hours. You can either pre-book a cab or hire from any of the taxi vendors outside the airport.

By Bus

Regular buses between Jaipur and Ajmer ply every hour. However, buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are easily available. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and semi-deluxe buses (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.

By Train

You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar. The Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhopal, and Bangalore. Some of the most popular trains that run daily on this route are Ajmer Shatabdi and Ajmer Rajdhani. Apart from these, other trains are Chetak Express, Aii Sdah Express, Aravalli Express and Bsb Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi to reach Pushkar.

So what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy India’s Biggest and world’s famous festival Pushkar Fair.

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Gear up for 16 Intriguing Events in November

Life’s a party if one knows how to party!

Every month there are a load of events happening around the city that gives us a chance to explore, interact with new people and have fun. October month was filled with workshops, music shows, festivals and a lot of fun-filled activities. Now that we are about to enter into November with absolutely no festivals to celebrate, we have listed down some events that would make this month a little interesting.

So, without wasting any time let’s see what all interesting events are stored in this month!

1. Zomaland Picnic

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Date- 2nd – 3rd November

Time- 12PM – 10PM

Venue- Pinkcity Garden & Resorts

 

2.City Flea

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Date- 2nd – 3rd November

Time- 11AM – 8PM

Venue- Home Café By Mr Beans

 

3. 4×4 Off Road Drive

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Date- 3rd November

Time- 9AM – 5PM

 

4. Pushkar Fair

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Date- 4th – 12th November

Venue- Pushkar

 

5. SAGA- The Literature Festival

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Date- 8th – 9th November

Time- 10AM- 4PM

Venue-Kanoria P.G. Mahila Mahavidyalaya

 

6. Dunes Music Festival

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Date- 9th November

Time- 4PM – 10 PM

Venue- Details Soon

 

7. Vijay Yadav Live

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Date- 10th November

Time- 8PM

Venue- Levels Club

 

8. Painting Competition CUM Exhibition

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Date- 12th – 14th November

Time- 11AM Onwards

Venue- Jawahar Kala Kendra

 

9. Largest Rajasthan Folk Dance

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Date- 14th November

Time- 6PM – 9PM

Venue- Jawahar Kala Kendra

 

10. Dabu Expedition

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Date- 16th November

Time- 11AM – 5PM

Venue- Creatis, Bais Godam

 

11. Ekadashi Exhibitions

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Date- 16th – 17th November

Time- 10AM

Venue- Birla Auditorium

 

12. Sab Moh Maaya Hai- Garv Malik Live

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Date- 17th November

Time- 7.30PM – 9.30PM

Venue- Club Colaba

 

13. DAHLEEZ Winter Wedding Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 22nd – 23rd November

Time- 11AM – 9PM

Venue- Birla Auditorium

 

14. Polaris Rally Cross Jaipur 2019

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Date- 23rd November

Time- 11AM – 8PM

Venue- Thar Motorsport

 

15. Grand Opening of Decathlon Jaipur Centre Mall

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Date- 23rd – 24th November

Time- 10AM – 10PM

 

16. Devesh Dixit Live

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Date- 24th November

Time- 7.30PM – 9.30PM

Venue- Club Colaba

 

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WHY IS JAIPUR THE IDEAL DESTINATION FOR TOURISTS DURING DIWALI?

The Pink City of Jaipur is extensively known for its culture and beauty. It is considered to be one of the most touristy places in the country & was even labelled as ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in July 2019. The royal city of Jaipur is loaded with world-class architecture & monuments which is why it is a classic example of the Indian folklore.

But do you know, Diwali – The festival of lights also known as India’s biggest festival – is one of the best seasons to visit Jaipur is during the festivities of Diwali? Here’s why:

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During Diwali, the city gets decked up in the most unique manner, resembling a bride, with the make up being warm glowing lights. The decorations look astonishingly ravishing because all the malls and markets compete to win the ‘Best Decoration’ prize. From the old market to new streets, literally every corner looks unimaginable! As soon as you’d step here, you’d feel the festive spirit and would want to become a part of this celebration. The glowing monuments offer countless photo opportunities.

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Staying in Heritage Hotels

Heritage hotels of Jaipur arrange for exclusive Diwali celebration, with diya-lighting ceremonies, prayers and blessings. One can settle down to witness a vivid firework display blaze across the Jaipur skyline while immersing into the royal life and culture. The heritage hotels are not only lavishly decorated during the festival, but they organise events in which you can actively participate and feel like a member of the family– an experience that you will cherish forever.

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Indulge in Traditional Delicacies

There is no celebration without the celebration of food and when its Diwali, it plays a major role. From the traditional Dal Batti to the exotic delicacies, there are hundreds of varieties to treat your taste buds during this time of the year. All you have to do is just walk into the sweet shops and there’s absolutely no way of escaping them. They are a must try!

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Live like Locals

The Jaipurites celebrate every festival with full of zeal and vigour. The women love to adorn colorful outfits such as lehenga and odhani while the men love to adorn traditional outfits such as safas and pagdis. They also love to flaunt their elaborate jewellery. The exhibition of such a rich culture is a sight to behold. To dress like them, you can buy traditional outfits from the local markets quite easily. Not only that, you can get a picture clicked to flaunt it on the social media for the world to see.

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Feels like Home 

The first concern while travelling to a new city is safety. During the festival, all families in Jaipur go on tours for seeing the lighting in the walled city which is why you’d see people everywhere. There’s nothing shady about this city!

You’d get a very homely vibe here because we truly believe in ‘अतिथिदेवो भवः’ i.e., ‘The guest is God’.

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Roadside Markets set up

For y’all shopaholics, roadside markets and stalls that are set up during the festival are the perfect places where you can spend some money on buying typical Rajasthani stuff. These markets not only sell items for Diwali Puja such as diyas and flowers, but also for home décor such as artefacts and potteries and traditional clothes. The best part about these markets is that even though the items are very cheap, they manage to maintain a relatively good quality standard.  You will definitely love the warmth of the vendors.

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Last but not least, Witness the spellbinding view from Nahargarh

This is probably one of the best reasons for you to visit Jaipur! The view from Nahargarh Fort, which stands out on the hills of Aravali, is out of this world (no exaggeration!). During Diwali, you can see the whole of Jaipur figuratively looking like it is made of gold. It is so beautiful that you cannot take your eyes off it. It is definitely a rare sight that is worth visiting for!

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Decoding the Significance of the Festival of Lights

 

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Diwali, as we all know, is the grand festival that is celebrated all over the country with new full zeal every year. It is also one of the most important festivals for Jaipur and Jaipurites, as here it is observed for a full 5 days. During this time entire Pink city is decked up, and all monuments and buildings are lit up which makes the city truly beautiful and full of splendour. The preparations start almost a month ago when Jaipurites starts cleaning the house, and decorating it because Diwali is not just a day-long affair for us but it is a complete five-day long event. And we believe to celebrate each and every day of Diwali with full passion. But did you know the significance of all these five days?

Let’s get a bit of knowledge about our favourite 5 Diwali days-

Dhanteras

Dhanteras which is also known as “Dhanvantari Trayodashi” is the first day of the five days of Diwali celebration. The legend behind celebrating Dhanteras is that the ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar. Dhanvantari (known as physician of Gods) had emerged out with a jar of elixir from the ocean. That is why this day is celebrated as Dhanteras.

It is believed that buying things such as gold or silver coins, jewellery, new utensils or other new things is the sign of Lakshmi coming home whole year. On this day Jaipur markets like Tripolia Bazaar, Johari Bazaar gets all bustled up with the people as everyone is busy buying the things.

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Roop Chaturdashi

The second day is Roop Chaturdashi which is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas or Choti Diwali. After a month-long cleaning of the home, it is time to deck up ourselves. It is believed that on this day it is very important to take care of one’s body and also improving one’s appearance through external means. In the old days, women used to apply ubtan to get that natural glow and now they go to parlours to get the festive look.

Whatever you opt for, this day signifies that you need to glow & shine like Diwali lights.

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This is the main day and marks the return of Lord Rama along with wife Sita to their kingdom from 14 year-long exile after defeating Ravana. When Rama, Sita and Lakshaman were back, the people of Ayodhya celebrated the return of their king by illuminating the earthen diyas and bursting firecrackers. Hence, Diwali is the celebration of Homecoming. We light up homes, wear new clothes, prepare lots of delicacies and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. No matter where you are Jaipurites love to come back home to be with their family, and this is the true essence of this festival of Diwali.

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Govardhan Pooja

The fourth day is Govardhan Pooja or Annakoota, people show their gratitude towards Lord Krishna by offering various types of food. The story behind this day is that, once Lord Indra got angry for the villagers had stopped offering him lavish meals which in return he promised good rains for their crops. So he flooded the village and soon it was underwater. Lord Krishna then came to their rescue by lifting the huge Govardhan Mountain on his little finger.

Bhai Dooj

Last day is called Bhai Dooj which celebrates the love of brother and sister. On this day, women pray to God for the long and prosperous lives of their brother and apply ‘tilak’ on their foreheads. According to mythology, on this day Yamraj visited his sister Yami, where she welcomed him with an aarti, applied tilak and offered sweets. Moved by his sister’s love he declared that any brother who received ‘tilak’ from his sister shouldn’t be afraid of death.

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Now, that you know the significance of the five days of Diwali, go ahead and take part in the rituals and celebrations this Diwali with great enthusiasm. But remember to play eco-friendly Diwali and avoid bursting crackers for the sake of our environment.

Wishing you all a Joyful & Safe Diwali!