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Fixed departure: 30th October 2016
At around 05:00 PM, get picked up from your hotel to the location where Diwali Maha Arati happens.
You will be welcomed in a traditional Rajasthani style with Tikka and the indigenous music.
Immediately, you can spot the rows of oil lamps and multi coloured illuminated decoration.
By 6:30, the Diwali Maha Arati starts, partake to lift your soul spiritually and holistically up.
The events lasts up to 08:00 PM and as everyone knows this particular routine is done as a tribute to the goddess Lekshmi during the time of Diwali.
Spread a new cloth on a raised platform on which you can place a handful of grains at the centre and, on this, place a kalash or pitcher made of gold, silver, copper, or terracotta.
Fill three-fourth of the kalash with water and place a betel nut, a flower, a coin, and some rice grains in it. Arrange five kinds of leaves or mango leaves in the kalash.
Place a small dish on the kalash and fill it with rice grains. Draw a lotus with turmeric powder ( haldi ) over the rice grains and place the idol of goddess Lakshmi over it, along with coins.
Place the idol of Ganesha: In front of the kalash, on the right (South-West direction), place the idol of Ganesha. Also place ink and books related to your business or occupation on the platform.
Light a lamp and begin the puja by offering haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the platform on which the kalash is placed. Then offer haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the water that is to be used for the puja. Invoke the river goddesses to be part of this water.
Reciting the Vedic mantras addressed to her is believed to invoke the goddess.
Place the idol of Lakshmi in a plate and pour water, panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, ghee or clarified butter, honey, and sugar) and then again water containing some gold ornament or a pearl.
Wipe the idol clean and place it back on the kalash. Alternately, you can just sprinkle water and panchamrit on the idol with a flower.
Also, you can offer sandal paste, saffron paste, perfume ( itra ), haldi, kumkum, abeer, and gulal to the goddess.
Offer a garland of cotton beads to the goddess and offer flowers, especially the marigold flowers and leaves of Bel (wood apple tree).
Light an incense stick and dhoop. Make an offering of sweets, coconut, fruits, and tambul. Make an offering of puffed rice and batasha. Pour some puffed rice, batasha, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds over the idol. Safe where you keep money and jewelry; Worship this safe as a symbol of Lord Kuber.
At last, it is time to perform the aarti for goddess Lakshmi. It should be accompanied only by a small bell. Do not clap hands, as is the practice when performing aarti for other gods.
From 8.00 PM to 9:00 PM, there will be music and fireworks, just enjoy.
Dinner will be served from 9.00 to 11.00 PM
At around 11:00 PM, you will be taken to witness the Pink City night decoration tour covering New Gate, Bari Chopar, outside portion of City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Govind Dev Ji temple.
Then, you will be transferred to your hotel by 12:30 PM and the tour ends here.
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