A number of far flung areas of Himachal Pradesh would celebrate traditional ‘Buddhi Diwali’ (dark Diwali) festival in Nirmand village of Kullu, Shilai and Giripar area of Sirmaur district to be celebrated tomorrow evening that will last for next three days. Deputy Commissioner Sirmaur Mr. BC Badwaliya visited Gram Panchayat Bakras, Timbi, Koti and Drab today and extended warm wishes on Buddhi Diwali after attending a program at village Khula Dharbar.
Across Country Diwali was celebrated on October 30 while villagers of Nirmand and Shilai are set to celebrate its age-old tradition after one month of the Diwali. According to villager Surath Ram of Shiali area he said that the mythical reason for the delayed Diwali was that the news of Lord Ram’s victorious home coming to Ayodhya reached delayed in these areas therefore it was celebrated late in few remote villages of the State including Kullu, Shimla and Sirmaur district.
Special dishes like Black gram ‘Sidoo’ were served along with Ghee. Each family members also contributes to the poor section of society after giving them ample grains and foods so that they could also celebrate Diwali. During this festival, villagers also make Pahadi cuisines along with Moodi or Mooda (mixture of wheat grains and husk seed). As per tradition, villagers take animals to a nearby temple where the sacrificial ceremony was performed on ‘Amavasya’.
“It is an ancient festival and celebrated with complete traditional fervor. There are no communal differences in caste and creed in this festival,” said Surinder Singh of Shillai. “Buddhi festival is marked by followers of sage Parshuram who is believed to have lived in Himachal Pradesh to worship Lord Shiva. According to the ritual in day time people dance in long chain according to age and outsiders are not allowed to take part in the dance activity” he added.
During the festival, people dance and sing folklore related to the epic Mahabharata through the night in front of bonfires. Festivities of the ‘Buddhi Diwali’ start on the first ‘amavasya’ or new moon of the lunar half, after the regular Diwali therefore and it was also called Dark Diwali. Resident of Nirmand village said, the festival was celebrated to commemorate the killing of the demons, Dano and Asur, who resided there in form of snakes.