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Diwali Padwa and Govardhan Puja
The day following Diwali or the fourth day of the Diwali celebrations is known by the names of 'Padwa & Govardhan Puja'. These two festivals are celebrated differently in the diverse geographical parts of the country. While the festival of Padwa is celebrated in order to celebrate the coronation of king Vikramaditya, the festival of Govardhan Puja is celebrated for commemorating the incidence of lifting of Mount Govardhan by Lord Krishna. Though both the festivals 'Padwa & Govardhan Puja' are celebrated wit much fervor but in different parts of the country.
While Padwa is celebrated in parts like Maharashtra and the western states of India, Govardhan puja is mainly associated with the northern parts of the country.

'Kartik shuddh padwa' or simply 'Padwa' is the name given to the day following Amavasya. According to a famous legend, on this very day the very powerful King Bali comes out of the patala lok every year to rule over his kingdom on Bhuloka, as per the boon awarded to him by Lord Vishnu. Since then this day came to be celebrated as Padwa in order to honor and welcome the King Bali. This day is also known by the name of 'Bali Padyami'. The day of Padwa also has a historic importance, as it is considered to be the day of the coronation of king Vikramaditya. Gudi Padwa is also a symbol of husband wife love and on this very day according to a famous custom the newly married daughters along with their husbands are invited to their parental homes for special meals and feasts.

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