Glimpse of Diwali Celebration…..💥✨🎆🎇

Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika.

The Diwali festival is likely a fusion of harvest festivals in ancient India. It is mentioned in Sanskrit texts such as the Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana both of which were completed in the second half of the 1st millennium CE. The diyas (lamps) are mentioned in Skanda Kishore Purana as symbolising parts of the sun, describing it as the cosmic giver of light and energy to all life and which seasonally transitions in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.

Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

During Diwali, people wear their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas and rangoli, perform (Lakshmi puja) – worship ceremonies of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and giftsare shared.

Diwali (English)or Divali is from the Sanskrit dīpāvali meaning “row or series of lights”. The term is derived from the Sanskrit words dīpa, “lamp, light, lantern, candle, that which glows, shines, illuminates or knowledge” and āvali, “a row, range, continuous line, series

Demolished Wall of Ancient Daulatabad fort…..!

Daulatabad fort was built in the 12th century by the Yadava Dynasty, this fort city resides on the Hill of Gods or Devagiri in Marathi, hence the original name of Devagiri Fort. It changed hands twice in as many centuries since then from Yadavas to Khilji Dynasty and then to the Tughlak Dynasty. By early 14th century, Mohammed-bin-Tughlak moved his capital from Old Delhi to Devagiri and renamed it as Daulatabad or the City of Fortune or alternately the Abode of Wealth. In his zealous attempt, he ordered many people from his courts in Delhi to move to Devagiri too. Those who refused were tortured and forced to move or killed. This decision was, however short lived. Devagiri did not have enough water to support the functioning of a capital city and had to be abandoned. When the Tughlak king then moved the capital back to Old Delhi, many Muslims who had migrated from Delhi preferred to stay back in Devagiri, away from the tyrant. This is said to have given shape to the unique demography of the area. In later years, Mughal rulers found a fascination towards Devagiri Fort’s unique military engineering, town planning and its palaces and made it their summer residence. The fort also came under the control of Marathas for a short period. As a fort city, the site covers a huge area and will require anywhere between a few hours to a full day, depending on your interest. It is situated about 20 km northwest from Aurangabad.

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