Lighting up India on a moonless night, Diwali is synonymous with lavish celebrations, celestial illumination, exotic delicacies, and the warmth of family and friends, signifying mirth and new beginnings. This Diwali explore the unique customs and local traditions of India with Taj in every city.

 

Float oil lamps on the Ganges in Varanasi

 

 

Watch the spectacular ceremony of Ganga Aarti in the eternal city of Varanasi at the Dashashwamedh Ghat near the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple on the banks of the Ganga. Stay at the Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi, and experience this enchanting homage to the River Goddess where thousands of floating diyas light up India’s holiest river, reverberating with Vedic chants of the mystics.

 

Kolkata: Where not Laxmi but Goddess Kali is the chosen one

 

 

Bengalis love to do things differently. While most parts of India worship Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali, Kolkata and the rest of West Bengal celebrate Kali – the more aggressive incarnation of Goddess Durga. Devotees throng the portals of Kolkata’s famous Kali temples at Kalighat, Belur Math and Dakshineswar. Book your stay at the Taj Bengal over Diwali and Kali Puja and see the stunning idols of Goddess Kali dot the city.

 

Did you know: The golden temple was laid on Diwali day in 1577

 

 

There is a very strong historical connect that Amritsar has with Diwali. The foundation stone of the Golden Temple; the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism, was laid on Diwali day in 1577. Every Diwali the entire complex is draped in lights and the edge of the lake is fringed with countless oil lamps lit by devotees. Guests at the Taj Swarna, Amritsar, can look forward to experiencing the spellbinding display of Diwali fireworks over the Harmandir Sahib.

 

And that’s how they light up the palaces of Jaipur

 

 

Guests staying at the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, can soak in the myriad colours, sights, and sounds at the city’s famed Johri Bazaar, and spend the long weekend immersed in the fascinating royal history of Rajasthan. The dazzling display of lights is an attraction for thousands of visitors from all over India.

 

Goa: Burn the demon; its scary and evil

 

 

Diwali celebrations in Goa witnesses a unique event on the eve of Diwali when large and scary effigies of the hulk-like demon Narkasur are paraded on the streets before they are reduced to ash the day before Diwali. Guests staying at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa can take part in traditional festivities in true Goan style over the five days of Diwali celebrations – a time for fun, frolic and feasting.

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On this moonless night, Bengal worships a blood thirsty goddess!

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