Celebration of diwali in maharashtra
In Maharashtra, Diwali is celebrated on a big scale. Dhanteras / Dhantrayodashi is the beginning of Diwali, an auspicious bath is taken with ubtan and a bitter fruit known as chirata which symbolizes a demon is crushed under the feet with the help of left toe. Early in the morning small children go outside to burst crackers after their auspicious bath. It is said that it is a good day to buy gold, silver and other expensive things. Day two of Diwali is generally celebrated with friend and relatives wherein one exchanges sweets and faral (savory food). Lakshmi Pujan is day three of Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshiped on this day. Day four is Balipratipada. Bali was a king who was a demon yet during his time there was peace and prosperity but he was killed by lord Vishnu. People believe that he will be back someday and they celebrate this day in his honor. Bhai dooj is on day 5, it is a event that celebrates the sibling’s bond. For most of the states this event is the end but in Maharashtra Tulsi vivah is the end of Diwali. On this day ceremonial marriage is conducted between tulsi which basil plant and God Shaligram.