Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. All over India, homes are decorated with lights and earthenware lamps filled with oil. These lamps are called diyas. The name 'Diwali' is from the Sanskrit 'dipavali', which means 'row of lamps'.
In the evening, many people hold a small prayer or puja in their homes. They honour Ganesh, the god of wisdom and good luck, the one who removes all obstacles from life; and they worship Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. Lights are left burning all night, so that Lakshmi may feel welcome and enter.
Diwali is a festival of joy, prosperity and good luck, and a celebration of the victory of good over evil - which is expressed through different stories in different parts of India.
People wear new clothes, meet their friends and relatives, eat good food, give each other sweets and gifts, decorate their houses with flowers and lights and Rangoli patterns, and set off fireworks.
The most famous legend associated with the story of Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya. Lord Ram was sent to exile by his stepmother for 14 years in the jungle. His wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman also accompanied him there. In the jungle Ravan kidnapped sita and Lord Ram had to take the help of God Hanuman and monkey king Sugvir to kill Ravan. After killing Ravan and completing his period of exile, Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya. The people of Ayodhya lit lamps in every home to welcome their true King as well as celebrate his victory over Ravana and also the safe return of their Queen Sita. They danced and made merry and lit firecrackers to express their joy over his return. And as a mark of respect and worship the festivities continue every year till this today.
As another lesser-known story goes, Lord Krishna had battled a demon called Narakasura and emerged victorious. The people of the city were overjoyed and welcomed Krishna back with lamps in their hands.
The Story of King Bali and Vamana Avatar(the Dwarf):
The other story concerns King Bali, who was a generous ruler. But he was also very ambitious. Some of the Gods pleaded Vishnu to check King Bali's power. Vishnu came to earth in the form of a Vamana(dwarf) dressed as priest. The dwarf approached King Bali and said "You are the ruler of the three worlds: the Earth, the world above the skies and the underworld. Would you give me the space that I could cover with three strides?" King Bali laughed. Surely a dwarf could not cover much ground, thought the King, who agreed to dwarf's request. At this point, the dwarf changed into Vishnu and his three strides covered the Earth, the Skies and the whole Universe! King Bali was send to the underworld. As part of Diwali celebrations, some Hindus remember King Bali.
Thanks to my blog friend Latha from “YUM” blog. In September she posted the milk chocolate and she gave me nice idea about making chocolate at home...I made this chocolate with some modifications to original recipe. This is the First time I make the chocolate but it came out very nice. Thank you very much Latha narsimhan.
This is my entry to Hima dor “WVF-Dessert/Sweet” Event. Theme of this event is “What is your favorite Dessert/Sweet?”. This is my favorite sweet……..
¾ cup sugar
1\2 cup water for making syrup of sugar
1\2 cup bournvita or chocolate powder
1\4 cup cashew powder
3 tbsp ghee or butter
* This is the cup I use for measurement.
Step 1: Boil water and sugar in big pan on medium flame.
Step 2: Make little thick syrup of sugar so you get the soft chocolate with desire shape. This is very important part of making chocolate.
Step 3: Turn off the flame and add the butter or ghee.
Step 4: When the ghee mix well add cashew powder in it.
Step 5: After that add bournvita or chocolate powder and stirring very well.
Step 6: Add milk powder in the material and mix nicely.
Step 7: Take little ghee in your palm and make small balls of this chocolate. If you like the make square pieces also(by spreading it evenly and cut with use of knife).
Step 8: Cool for 0ne hour after mix all.
Step 8: Make some chocolate with cashews.
So this is your favorite chocolate ready within 15 minutes.
This is my contribution for "JFS:Diwali " hosted by Vee.
Also submitting this is to “Power less cooking” Event. The theme is all about cooking without using any electrical appliance.
Ready made mathia…Just open the packet and deep fry in oil.
Pack in air-tight container.
Most famous sweet of Gujarat…
I made triangle shape…
250gm all purpose flour or maida
Ghee for frying
Step 1: Mix the flour and 5-tbsp ghee in big vessel.
Step 7: Flatten each piece with roller by smooth hand into small round disk.
It will make some layered circles with gives it a beautiful look too.