Dev Deepawali, also known as "Diwali of the Gods," is observed mostly in Varanasi on the night of Kartik Poornima. The event occurs 15 days after Diwali, giving people one more chance to rejoice and fully enjoy the festivities of the festival of lights. 
On this special occasion, the Ganges riverside is exquisitely decked and lighted with diyas from Ravidas Ghat to the southern end of the Rajghat. It's also noteworthy that around one million earthen lamps are lit, making the place look spectacular. During this event, the ghats are immersed in sheer happiness and holiness.

At the Panchganga Ghat, the magnificent celebration of Dev Deepawali was created in the 1980s. When you visit the ghats, you'll have the impression that everything is happening according to a divine design. Yes, this location has a powerful aura that will cause you to experience the heavenly energies rushing into your body. Nothing compares to the faith and commitment displayed on this particular day. Scroll down and get to know more about the dev Deepawali festival history and learn about its significance. 

History of Dev Deepawali

The Dev-Deepawali celebrations, observed in Varanasi, take place on the full moon of the Hindu month of Karthik, which is 15 days after Diwali. As per Hindu legends, a demon named Tarakasura had three sons Tarakasksha, Kamlashksha, and Vidyunmail. Three sons of Tarkasura worshipped Lord Brahma with utmost devotion and received a boon of immortality. By the laws of the cosmos, Lord Brahma also bestowed upon them the blessing that a single arrow could only destroy them. After receiving this blessing, they became engrossed in destructive behaviour and caused a commotion everywhere. When Lord Shiva came to know about it, he took on the shape of Tripurantaka and resolved to become its avatar, killing all three sons or asuras with a single arrow to bring peace and harmony across the world. Dev Diwali is a festival commemorating Lord Shiva's conquest of the Asuras.

Major Attractions of Dev Deepawali Celebrations

1. Kartik Snan 
The devotees wake up early on the day of this holy event to perform Kartik Snan, which is merely a dip into the Ganges' sacred waters to rid oneself of all the evil and negative karma.

2. Deep Dan
Following the completion of this ceremony, it is the period for Deep Dan, which is essentially pouring oil into the earthen lamps. This specific ceremony is performed in honour of Goddess Ganga.

3. Local Performances
On this occasion, many devotees gather to attend this four-day Ganga Mahotsav. The official celebrations of Dev Deepawali in Varanasi are held on the Dasaswamedh Ghat, where many reputed artists and performers from all over the country come to perform.

4. Ganga Aarti
And in the evening of this festival, one can see throngs of devotees performing aartis and lighting diyas on the ghats. They participate with immense devotion and decorate the ghats along the riverbank for the celebrations. Diyas are lit as a gesture to welcome the gods as they arrive on Earth. The festival's main attraction is the spectacular Ganga Aarti, which focuses on inspiring spirituality from within. Typically, each ghat conducts its own ritual, lighting enormous lamps as priests sing hymns.

How To Reach Varanasi for Dev Deepawali

  • Nearest Major City.  Mau
  • Nearest International Airport. Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station. Varanasi Junction
  • Distance from Mau. 91 Km

Let’s take a look at how you can reach the Mukti Dham by the following modes of transportation.

By Air. 

Travelling to Varanasi via flight is a good option. It is well connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow and more. Many flights from prominent private air carriers operate frequently to and fro from Varanasi airport. However, it is to be noted that in 2005, Varanasi Airport was renamed Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. After you deboard at this airport, you must take a cab or a local auto to cover the remaining distance to your destination.

Distance from Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. 16 min

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By Train. Varanasi has its own railway junction with the same name, i.e. Varanasi Junction. It is also known as Benares Junction and Varanasi Cantt Railway Station. It is important to note that this station has a modern route interlock system consisting of an automated signalling system.
In 2017, it was also ranked 14th in India regarding overall cleanliness. Over 250 trains arrive at this station daily.

Distance from Varanasi Junction. 10 min

By Train.
Varanasi has its own railway junction with the same name, i.e. Varanasi Junction. It is also known as Benares Junction and Varanasi Cantt Railway Station. It is important to note that this station has a modern route interlock system consisting of an automated signalling system.
In 2017, it was also ranked 14th in India regarding overall cleanliness. Over 250 trains arrive at this station daily.

  • Distance from Varanasi Junction. 10 min

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By Road.

If you are planning a trip to Varanasi, what can be more exciting than planning a trip to the spiritual capital of India via road? Watching the heavenly picturesque views from your car while travelling towards this enlightening city is an experience worth having.

  • Distance from Lucknow.  4.3 Km
  • Distance from Mau.  91 Km 
  • Distance from Allahabad.  114 Km
  • Distance from Gorakhpur.  165 Km
  • Distance from Ara. 172 Km
  • Distance from Rewa.  189 Km
  • Distance from Uttar Pradesh. 314 Km 
  • Distance from Jharkhand.  407 Km
  • Distance from Delhi.  864 Km

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Frequently Asked Questions about Dev Deepawali

Q1. What is the date of Dev Diwali 2022?
A1. Dev Diwali will be celebrated on 7th November 2022 this year in Varanasi with utmost zest and fervour.

Q2.What is the difference between Diwali and Dev Diwali?
A2.
Diwali is a festival celebrated across India, whereas Dev-Deepawali is specifically celebrated in Varanasi on a full moon night. It is renowned as the most auspicious festival of Varanasi.

You can witness the Dev-Deepawali festival significance in Varanasi by being a part of the celebrations.

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