Famous as ‘the Diwali of the Gods’ Dev Deepawali is celebrated majorly in Varanasi and falls on the night of Kartik Poornima. Taking place after 15 days of Diwali, this festival gives people one more reason to celebrate and relish the festivities of Diwali and immerse themselves in the spiritual vibrations of God.
On this occasion, the ghats on the Ganges riverfront are beautifully decorated and lit with diyas from Ravidas Ghat to the southern end of the Rajghat. And what is intriguing here to know is that for this purpose and to honour Goddess Ganga, about a million lamps are used at the end of which the whole spectacle reverberates with nothing but bliss and divinity.
And this tradition, because of which this night looks like an incredible phenomenon, was first started at the Panchganga Ghat sometime around 1985. Visiting the ghats, you can feel to your core that how everything unearths itself like a Godly plan and lights up with the divine energies and blessings of the supreme being. Truly, the faith and the devotion on this particular day are unparalleled to anything seen or heard.
The primary ritual of Dev Deepawali is the lightning of the diyas after seeing the moon. Apart from that there are two major rituals namely ‘Kartik Snan’ and ‘Deep Dan.’
On the day of this pious occasion, the devotees get up very early in the morning to observe ‘Kartik Snan’ which essentially means taking a dip into the holy waters of Ganges cleansing oneself from all the bad and negative karma.
After this ritual is done, then comes the turn for Deep Dan which is basically offering oil to the lamps. This particular ritual is carried out in the honour of Goddess Ganga.
On this occasion, a great number of devotees gather for attending the four-day Ganga Mahotsav. The official celebrations of Dev Deepawali are held on the Dasaswamedh Ghat where many reputed artists and performers from all over the country come to perform.
And on the eve of this night, one can observe the throngs of devotees increasing by considerable amounts. They participate with a lot of devotion and decorate the ghats along with the whole riverbank in preparation of the celebrations. Diyas are lit as a sign of welcoming the Gods as they descend on Earth. However, the major highlight of this festival is the magnificent Ganga Aarti which is all about invoking spiritual dimensions within. And mostly, every ghat organizes their own ceremony where gigantic lamps are set ablaze and the priests can be seen chanting hymns.
By Air. Varanasi has its own airport. If you are planning a trip to witness this festival in all its spiritual immensity then getting a flight to Varanasi would be one of the most convenient options for you. Varanasi airport is well connected with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, etc.
By Road. What can be more exciting than planning a trip the spiritual capital of India via road? Watching the heavenly picturesque views from your car while traveling towards this enlightening city is an experience which everybody must possess. Travelling to Varanasi from Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Mumbai you would need to cover a distance of around 820 km, 1,543 km, 1,245 km, 1,533 km respectively.
By Train. Varanasi has its own railway junction. Travelling to Varanasi via train is very convenient owing to its hassle-free connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc.
12 November 2019
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