Diwali is the biggest festival in India. We all are eagerly waiting for Diwali Season which actually comes in the month of October or November.
Diwali is a festival of lights and celebrated across the country.
The ways of the celebration of Diwali changes with a state.
In Maharashtra and north Karnataka, Apart from Diya,Akash Kandil, Mithai, firecrackers Diwali is known for forts (killa).
So Here we are going to see the tradition and history behind the Forts (Killa), How to make them?
So let’s see…
Tradition of Diwali Killa:
* During Diwali Season, you can come across mud forts. this replica of forts varies from small size to big size. the forts signify the great history of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
* The forts contain citadels,baston, ramparts, moats with mavale (soldiers) .
* Making mud forts has been a Diwali tradition for as long as I can remember. As Diwali nears, impressive structures are beginning to take shape all over the city.
* Making Killa in Diwali gives you remembrance of great Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. You can actually feel how their era was. The various organization arranges killa making competition.
* Maharashtra has more than 350 forts and they are a glorious heritage of the Maratha empire.
* Most of these forts are associated with Shivaji Maharaj. Each fort has its unique history, The battle associated with it.
How to Make Diwali Killa Video:
Types of Forts:
There are 3 types of Forts
1.Built on land(bhuikot Killa)- Example Daulatabad Fort
2.Build in water(jal durg)-Example Sindhudurg, Vijaydurg, Janjira etc
3. Build hilltop(Giri Durg)-Example Raigad, Pratapgad Etc
Material for Diwali Killa:
*Couple of litter of water and
*Must have a good imagination
*You can also use waste material like older pot, bottle, tub
*First, decide the layout of your fort
*Mark on the ground according to your layout
*Put large stones/big old tub at the bottom
*First put big stones, bricks at the bottom on the ground.
*Put some medium size stone above ground level. and goes on until you satisfy about your fort height.
*At the top, you can use small stones or any waste material like small pot etc.
*When you finalize your stone fort then you can start actual work with mud.
*Mix clay and water as it becomes firm but not so liquid.
*Put mud on your stones all over the fort.
*Repeat this process until all stones covered with mud.
*Make one route from bottom to the top of the fort.
*Create some position for mavale.
*You can create a farm with help of mud.
*You can build temple also.
*Spread some mustard seeds on the fort.
Diwali Killa Walls(Buruj in Marathi):
*For walls, you need bricks and mud.
*Put bricks where you want your wall on the fort.
*Then apply mud to them firmly.
*You can construct citadels, bastions, ramparts, and moats on the killa.
*You can decorate fort with various ways
*For route/path you can use machis sticks or rangoli or sticks.
*You can color walls like original forts.
*For water use blue shade rangoli.
*To showcase trees, forest use green color rangoli.
*Apart from fort decorate surroundings with temple, farm, well.
*To make your killa more attractive construct river on beautiful falls near the killa.
*Check for daily
*Give sufficient amount of water to seeds
*Protect the fort from high sunrays and rain also
*After some days you will see cracks on the fort. Fill cracks with mud
*Do proper planning for growing seeds it required 3-4 days
*In Diwali put Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the top position on the fort. You can put mavale(soldier) all over the fort.
*Other toys like animals, farmer adds beauty to the killa.
Your beautiful Fort is ready.
In this digital era, it is important to push out kids from mobile, computer addiction.
Making Diwali killa is a great way to engage in the ground activity.
In Diwali Vacation You must visit at least one Fort (Killa).
In this Diwali make Diwali killa with your friends or family.
— HAPPY DIWALI —