From Dhanteras to Chhath Pooja, a weeklong festive indulgence

Capturing the festive mood

Dhanteras

Hindu religious festival, Dhanteras or Dhana Trayodashi, is the first day of the Diwali.

It is celebrated by the devotees with great zeal. People buy gold and silver on this auspicious day.

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Kali Pooja

The next day after Dhanteras, Kali Pooja is celebrated it is also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja. This festival typically coincides with Choti Diwali.

It is very popular across the states of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.

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Diwali celebration

Diwali, a festival of lights, is celebrated in the honour of Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of Vishnu.

It is believed that on this day Rama returned to Ayodhya, his birthplace, after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the Ravana.

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Lakshmi Pooja

Lakshmi puja is one of the important rituals performed during the festival of Diwali.

Newly installed statues of Lord Ganesha and Shri Lakshmi are worshipped.

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Govardhan Pooja

Govardhan Pooja is celebrated on the next day of Diwali. Hindus throughout the world actively celebrate this festival.

Annakut or Govardhan Pooja is associated with Lord Krishna, it is believed that Lord Krishna had defeated the God Indra on this day.

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Chhath Pooja

Chhath Puja is an ancient Hindu festival and the only Vedic Festival devoted to the Hindu.

This festival is popular in Jharkhand, Bihar and parts of eastern UP. Devotees go to the riverbank before sunrise in order to make the offerings (Arghya) to the rising sun.

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