As India celebrates a long season of festivity, let us look closely at yet another grand festival – Diwali! India is decked up in beautiful lights and colors during the span of 5 days. As we gear up for our Diwali, let us closely look at the Indian traditions and trace back their roots.
The 5-day extravaganza starts with Dhanteras, the worship of Dhanvantari, considered the god of Ayurveda. According to mythology, when the devas and asuras performed the Samudra Manthana for the divine nectar of immortality, Dhanvantari emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras. The occasion has now become synonymous to buying precious metals like gold, silver, diamond or other metals. In the evening the house is lit with beautiful diyas. The main entrance is decorated with colorful lanterns and rangoli to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. As it is the first day of Diwali, this day can be celebrated by wearing a bright colored Kantha stitch saree made of beautiful patterns of diya and flowers. Pair with a set of terracotta jewellery to finish the look.
The next day marks Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali. Folklore says that Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasur on this day, freeing the world from terror. The god of death, Yama, is worshipped on this day by lighting a lamp which is believed to protect one from the sufferings of Naraka (hell). On this day, people massage themselves with essential oil to alleviate fatigue. This evening is marked by customary visits to friends and family with an exchange of gifts and sweets. As we plan for house parties and get togethers, it is time to bring out our gorgeous Madhubani painted on Tussar silk Sarees. You can also choose from our array of Raw silk sarees. Choose darker shades of green, blue and brown. Pair with costume jewellery and contrasting blouse to glam up your look!
The third day culminates into Diwali. Its significance traces back to several mythological events. It is believed to be the day Rama returned to his kingdom in Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after defeating the demon king Ravana signifying the triumph of good over evil. Another tradition is to celebrate the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasur who he killed the day prior. In Bengal, the day is associated with worshipping Goddess Kali, who symbolises the victory of good over evil. She is worshipped at night with tantric rites and mantras. She is offered red hibiscus flowers, sweets, rice, lentils and often alcohol. Goats are ritually sacrificed on this day and offered to Kali. It is prescribed that a worshipper should meditate throughout the night until dawn. As this day is the most important, wear a beautiful South Silk Saree or a Jamdani Saree. As people light numerous diyas and play with fireworks all around, it is advisable to wear cotton sarees to avoid mishaps. A red or maroon Bengal khadi or tant saree would definitely accentuate your look. Tie a hibiscus flower in your hair. Kundan or Pearl jewellery can match best with the Saree.
Govardhan puja is celebrated on the 4th day as a mark of gratitude to Lord Krishna. The day commemorates the incident in the Bhagavata Purana when Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to provide the villagers of Vrindavan shelter from torrential rains induced by Indra. The incident symbolizes that God offers protection to true devotees. This day is also celebrated with diyas and rangolis as well as delicious food and mithai. Adorn a beautiful Temple fabric or a Jaipuri saree in bright colors like yellow, green or pink.
Finally, the 5th day marks Bhai Dooj or Bhai Phonta, a day to celebrate the bond between a brother and sister. The ceremony is marked with many rituals along with a grand feast arranged for the brothers. As you gear up for making the day special for your brothers, deck yourselves in a beautiful purple or pink Balucheri saree. Pair with an antique jewellery set to complete the look.
Head over to our collection to choose your Sarees and get ready for the festival of lights, glamour, togetherness and beautiful Sarees!