Bengalies begin Diwali with 14 diyas.

Souvik By Souvik, 12th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The article speaks about the 14 diyas on the day of Diwali. Bengalies begin the festival of lights with the 14 diyas.

14 diyas.

Bengalies begin the festival of Diwali with 14 diyas. It is called the custom of choddo prodip. Either it is done with diyas or candles.


Choddo prodip is the custom of lighting 14 diyas or candles and spelling out the evil forces on the day of amavasya.


On the day of Amavasya there is no moonlight, so the 14 diyas or candles light up the atmosphere and bring in fortune.


On the same day choddoshakh are eaten like palang shakh, pui shakh, lal shakh during lunch as part of the custom.


Diwali begins from that day. The following day includes the day of Dhanteras. It is the day when Lord Kuber is worshipped.


On the day of diwali, the crackers are kept in sunlight during the day so that at night when they are lit they really create colours.


The crackers include the sparklers, the zameen charkees, the anars or tubris, the choclate bombs, the electric wires, etc.

Source of images: "The images are taken from private camera of Dr Souvik Chatterji during diwali in 2015."


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Nov 2015 (#)

Happy Diwali, nice pictures of your lights.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Nov 2015 (#)

Happy Diwali my dear Souvik!

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Nov 2015 (#)

Nice post with pictures, I spent 3 years at fort William earlier.

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author avatar Souvik
13th Nov 2015 (#)

Dear Mark,thanks for the wonderful comments. Happy diwali to you.

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author avatar Souvik
13th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern for the wonderful comments.Happy diwali to everyone.

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