Maharashtra: State govt and political leaders organize various initiatives in their regions to mark Diwali
Maharashtra celebrates Diwali in a distinct way. The five-day-long festivities are associated with the religious, social, cultural, and literary traditions of the state. As we are listening to this bulletin, families in Maharashtra are attending early morning musical concerts called Diwali Pahat’. Today’s morning muhurat marks victory of Lord Shri Krishna over demon Narakasura. As a symbol of this victory, the houses are lit up with oil lamps and colourful rangolis on the porch. People have an ‘abhyanga snan’ or the ritual bath as per the custom following special Diwali snacks with all the family members. The state also has a distinctive tradition of ‘Diwali Anks’, which are special magazines released during Diwali, a literary treat for Marathi readers, amid the festivity. A renowned Sanskrit Scholar and writer Dhanashri Lele gave insight on the tradition of Diwali Ank, to the listeners of All India Radio.She said another highlight of the celebration, includes children making replicas of historic forts in the backyards. This tradition is associated with the legacy of Maratha warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.The famous pilgrimages in the state marks the celebration by conducting traditional Deepotsav at holy river ghats. According to AIR correspondent, in pilgrimage town Pandharpur, in Solapur district of Maharashtra entire Chandrabhaga river ghat has been lit up with around 1001 lights.The state government and social and political leaders also organize various initiatives in their regions to mark Diwali. This again focuses on enriching Marathi culture.The new state government has announced a number of initiatives for the festival. It has rolled out a special Diwali foodgrain kit called ‘Anand-Sheedha’ initiative, for ration cardholders through fair-price shops. The government also announced a special Diwali bonus for health workers, BEST employees, and teachers across the state to honor their dedicated service during two-year pandemic.
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