The Festival of Lights is also the Festival of Firecrackers. And Jaipur has its share of talented shorgars, who have perfected the craft of making and displaying fireworks into a fine art. While weddings, private parties and public functions, sustain them the year 'round, it is during Diwali that they make a killing.
Of course, with their low volumes they are unable to match the colossal Diwali demand, which is primarily met by - probably the most inflammable town in the world - Sivakasi in South India. But, old families of Jaipur still make a beeline to their favourite local haunts.
The evening puja is a traditional and solemn family affair - hey, wouldn't you be serious if you were invoking the Goddess of Wealth?! But right after the puja, it's dhoom-dhadaka time. Twinkling anaars, rockets whizzing past, dazzling fireworks exploding in the skies above... it's sheer dynamite!!!!
Photo credits: Mr Rajdeep Sharma
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