Dev Deepawali- Heavenly Display Of Light In The Sacred City Varanasi
Dev Deepawali or Dev Diwali is a festival of light just like Diwali which is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik on full moon day known as Kartik Poornima. The festival happens to be on the fifteenth day after Diwali. Diwali and Dev Deepawali in Varanasi both are festival of lights but have different rituals and reasons to celebrate. Dev Deepawali is celebrated every year in the holy city of Varanasi on the occasion of victory of Lord Shiva over demon Tripurasur. The festival is also called Tripurotsav. On the auspicious occasion of Dev Deepawali, the ghats of Varanasi are lighted with millions of diyas as it is believed Gods descends on the earth. It is the time of the year when many tourists choose Spiritual Tours Kashi to witness the heavenly display of lights on earth. The festival of light of the Gods, Dev Deepawali in Varanasi also coincides with Guru Nanak Jayanti and the Jain light festival.
Dev Deepawali doesn’t stand alone in itself. To celebrate Dev Deepawali with a feast and fair, Varanasi tourism organizes Ganga Mahotsav as a tribute to river Ganga and on the last day of the fair, Dev Deepawali in Varanasi is celebrated. Every year, thousands of devotees start to gather in the city from the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi, the day when Ganga Mahotsav begins. Apart from having religious value, Ganga Mahotsav is a way to showcase the cultural values of Varanasi to the world. The main celebration of Mahotsav and Dev Deepawali usually happens on Dasahwamedh Ghat, but the spark of the celebration can be seen across the city.
Dev Deepawali in Varanasi Celebrations
Varanasi is the city that follows the traditional events religiously. On Dev Deepawali, the ceremony starts by offering prayers and flowers to Lord Ganesha. As the moon comes out, the main ritual of Dev Deepawali, offering and lightning of diyas to the Goddess Ganga is done. This ritual is known as deepdaan and is done by 21 Brahmins and 41 young girls. From the steps of southernmost Ravidas ghat to Raj Ghat, millions of diyas are lit. It looks like stars have fallen from the sky to welcome Gods. Every temple and ghat in Varanasi is alight with diyas. The view is enchanting and magical with millions of diyas lit all over the Varanasi. Apart from temples and ghats, the city is also deep into the magic of Dev Deepawali. People of Varanasi decorate their houses with diyas, colorful rangoli on front doors. Akhand Ramayana with offering bhog is also organized in several houses to celebrate Dev Deepawali in Varanasi.
Spiritual seekers and tourists from all over the world head to Varanasi during the festival Dev Deepawali in Varanasi. It is believed that Gods descend on earth to take a dip in the holy river Ganga and this is what makes this festival special. The pilgrims and locals wake up early to take a dip in the holy Ganga. The ritual is known as ‘Kartik Snan’. This tradition is believed to rid a person’s sins.
Besides holding a religious significance, on this day, the city remembers martyrs. Ganga Seva Nidhi organizes an event where wreaths are placed at Amar Jawan Jyoti at Dashashwamedh ghat and Rajendra ghat by officials of three armed forces and police. Then, it is followed by praying Ganga and performing Ganga aarti. Also, to mark a tribute to martyrs, patriotic songs are sung.
No doubt Varanasi is champion in Ganga aarti, but the one performed on Dev Deepawali is beyond imagination. The aarti on Dashashwamedh Ghat is the most elaborate Ganga aarti during the whole year. The next hotspot is evening aarti at Assi Ghat. People from across the globe come to witness this evening and being too crowded, nothing can decrease the enthusiasm and excitement of them. Panch Ganga ghat, Reeva ghat, Kedar Ghat, and Man Mandir Ghat are also capable to steal your time at the evening of Dev Deepawali in Varanasi.
Dev Deepawali Date in 2019
Don’t be confused with Diwali and Dev Deepawali in Varanasi. Dev Deepawali is celebrated fifteen days after Diwali on Kartik Purnima. This year, the festival of lights of God, Dev Deepawali is celebrated on November 12, 2019. The reservations for the festival celebrations are made months before in Varanasi. So, if you are planning to take a part in Dev Deepawali celebration this year, the best option is to begin your reservation with Trip Kashi right away. Being popular amongst spiritual seekers and travelers, the city may be packed, but Trip Kashi assures that you will enjoy and love every bit of the moments you spend there during Dev Deepawali celebration. Get on boat rides, capture the beauty of ghats decorated with lights beyond your sight, witness famous Ganga Aarti in Varanasi, and there is so much to do on Dev Deepawali in Varanasi.
The city is in the shape of the bow and this festival is the best time to see the bow lit. Get on the boat and go to the other side of the river to savor the beauty of all 84 ghats of Varanasi lit as stars have fallen. We bet the experience of Dev Deepawali in Varanasi is once in a lifetime and you will never forget it.
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