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This Diwali, Let’s Keep Our Culture Alive!

Preserved and passed on for generations, the elixir of living the life and the footprints of our ancestors, the culture, the traditions and the zeal of life. Diwali is not just about a festival in our country. It is more about heritage, and its preservation.

On Diwali we celebrate the return of Ram from 14 years of exile, and growing up, Diwali was all about lighting up diyas, cooking sweet Indian delicacies, sparking fire crackers, and worshipping Lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi. With the change in time and tradition, we are losing the grip on soul of this festival. Here are a few things we all need to turn back to this Diwali!

  1. The Elaborate Diwali Pooja- The elaborate Diwali pooja always used to be a family affair but now it is also losing its value to us. The conventional ways of celebrating Diwali started by pooja are changing with most of the youngsters migrating to different cities for education and job. We should learn to pray on our own if we cannot reach home on Diwali. 🙂

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  1. Sweets– Where there is celebration, there has to be sweets, but nowadays we are turning towards chocolates and other dessert options that are known to be #gluttonfree #cholesterolfree #fatfree and whatnot. We are forgetting that the delicious recipes of homemade sweets like laddus, gulabjamun, barfi, halwa, mathri, etc. that have been handed down to us by our nani and dadi are much healthier and delightful in every sense.

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  1. New Clothes- The zeal of the festival Diwali needs to be kept alive with new clothes, because Diwali also marks a new beginning, the end of evil and the victory of the good. We promise you that you are going to have a worthy stock of pictures for Instagram with a new ethnic attire.

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  1. Cleaning our homes- Scientifically, it is a good idea to clean your house around mid-October and mid-November because after the monsoon, cleaning makes sure all the germs and infectants are eradicated from the house.

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Although, religiously it is believed that goddess Laxmi visits the homes of devotees on the night of Diwali to bless them with happiness, luck and prosperity for the rest of the year. Therefore, we illuminate and decorate our houses with diyas, lights and rangoli.

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  1. Firecrackers- Burning of firecrackers also carries a scientific logic behind itself apart from the celebration. The heat produced in the environment due to burning of the crackers makes sure that all the disease causing microbes are removed from the environment after the end of monsoon. But the perpetually increasing pollution restricts us from doing so, and we can opt for lighting mustard oil diyas for the same effect.

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So this Diwali, let’s make a promise that we are not going to feel guilty about having an extra gulab jamun, or bursting the fire crackers, that we are not going to wear that old comfortable jeans, rather try a slightly uncomfortable but new dress; that we are going to make sure our houses are spick and span before Diwali. Let’s make a promise to preserve the enriched culture handed down to us by our ancestors.

Happy Diwali!

 

 

 

Food · Jaipur

5 Mouth-watering Sweets In Jaipur For Your Winter Cravings

Sweets are an integral part of life especially for Rajasthanis’. We never fail to eat sweets whether it is Holi or Rakhi or Diwali. Each festival brings different kind of sweets to our doorstep. And for those who have a sweet tooth, are always looking for some or the other speciality of the season. Let’s take you through the all-time favourite sweet shops in Jaipur.

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  1. Shree Gangaur Sweets

Only 5 months since its inception in Jaipur, Shree Gangaur Sweets serves one of the finest sweet delicacies in the city. If you are looking for the packaging and especially Balushahi, then you should definitely visit this shop.

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  1. Amardeep Sweets

Akhrot Ki Mithai is on your mind, and then Amardeep Sweets is the right choice for your sweet tooth cravings.

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  1. Laaduwala Sweets

Whether you cleared your board exams or your marriage got fixed, Ladu is a must to have sweet especially in Jaipur. Laaduwala Sweets has humongous variety of Ladus but Doodh Ke Ladu are a must to gorge on.

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  1. Mahaveer Rabdi

Craving for some flavourful rabdi, with lots of pistachio nuts on top, then the right place to look at is Mahaveer Rabdiwala, Chandpole Bazar.

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  1. Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar

For any festival or special occasion, you want to have sweets, Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar is definitely on your mind. Famous for its dahi bade, rasgulle, rasmalai, and especially paneer ghevar, this place is ready to serve you with whatsoever is on your list.

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Since every festival is synonymous to different type of sweets, these are the speciality during Diwali season. Jaipur Beat covered this sweet trail during the festival of lights, let’s watch this special sweet trail of Jaipur!

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6 Winter Sweets In Jaipur To Sweeten Up Your Life!

Winters are short, so is life!! So eat sweet and indulge into moments of sweetness without any inhibitions.  Here we bring to you some sweets to lay your hands on this winter.  Don’t wait! Go and grab some. 🙂

1. Gajak

This dry and crisp sweet made of til and jaggery will keep your body warm on the biting cold days. You can buy Gajak from the famous Narayanji Gajakwale located in Johri Bazaar & Rawat Mishthan Bhandar in Sindhi Camp.

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2. Churma

Churma, made of wheat flour and cooked in ghee and sugar, is one delicacy without which the traditional Rajasthani Thali is incomplete.

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3. Gajar Ka Halwa, Badam and Moong Dal ka Halwa

Winters are short! Have Halwa first. 😉 You can easily track down some famous shops at Gheewalon ka Rasta that offer variety of mouth-watering halwa.

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4. Malpua

Forget about all your weight loss resolutions of 2015 and get your hands on this indulgent creation that is irresistible. Please your senses and soul with some Malpua and Rabri at Mahaveer Rabri Wala at Tonk Road, Jaipur.

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5. Doodh Jalebi

Warm yourselves up on a wintry day with some Garma Garam Doodh Jalebi at Saras Parlour in Malviya Nagar.

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6. Gaund Ke Laddoo

Have a Gaund Ka Ladoo a day and keep your winter illness away. 😉 Gaund ke Ladoo are rich in taste and nutritious for health and can be found at every sweet shop during winters. You can get some real good ladoos from Sodhani or LMB.

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10 Things Which Make Diwali Celebrations So Special!

All of us wait all year for this vivid festival of lights and celebrations, and when it finally arrives, there is just so much to do 😀 Amidst these so many things that we love, here are 10 things that make this festival absolutely special and memorable every single year 🙂

1. Fairy lights everywhere!
You can simply amaze yourself every year by the strikingly lit buildings of the pink city. The joy of lighting up your houses on the occasion of Diwali is unpretentiously overwhelming.

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2. Puja
The feeling of peace and joy you get during the puja is unmatchable and the yummy sweets offered after the puja make you forget all about your weight loss resolutions.

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3. Shoppers’ delight
The ardent love for shopping rushes out instantly from the typical shopaholic humanly figures during Diwali time and the special discounts, weekend offers make them go gaga.

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4. The food lovers and stuffers
It’s that time of year when you all like to fill your mouths with every possible delicacy completely ignoring your diet patterns.

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5. The pretty people around.
Diwali is the time when you love to embellish yourselves by donning the best of your traditional wear.
The decked up people and the pretty faces around simply add to the city lights.

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6. Crackers
Bursting crackers is sheer madness but fun too! Seeing the random kids in your vicinity bursting crackers and then jumping out their skin to ward-off the bang is hilarious.

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7. Gifts
It is such a great feeling when you are surrounded by gifts and sweets. Diwali is one chance to get anything you want from your parents as gifts. So present your requests wisely.

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8. Photographs
People love to get clicked when they are best dressed.
Studio clicks, selfies or just the random pictures of your rangoli, photographs always bring smiles on your faces. So go and click!

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9. The Diwali greetings
The joy, thrill and warmth you experience on receiving Diwali wishes from your closed ones lasts for life.

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10. Family Reunions
It’s that one time of the year when you get to meet your entire extended family and all you feel like singing is ‘ Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

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