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The original form of Diwali is Deepawali, which literally means a row of lights. After sundown on Diwali, homes light up with rows of blinking "diyas" (small lamp made by clay and then baked).
All around Goa, huge effigies of Narkasur, dressed in colourful paper clothes and some armed with swords and other armaments, are erected in the days preceding Diwali. They are then burnt just before sunrise with an explosion of fire works and fire crackers.
The myth behind the origin of Diwali is that Lord Vishnu in his eighth incarnation as Krishna, destroyed the demon King Ravan who is called locally, Narakasura, and freed people from his terrorism. Diwali celebrates the end of this evil.

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