Famous as Diwali of the Gods, Dev Deepawali is celebrated majorly in Varanasi and falls on the night of Kartik Poornima. The festival takes place 15 days post-Diwali, which gives people one more opportunity to celebrate and relish the festivities of the festival of lights to the fullest.
On this occasion, from Ravidas Ghat to the southern end of the Rajghat, the Ganges riverfront is beautifully decorated and lit with Diyas. And what is even more interesting to know here is that for this purpose, about a million earthen lamps are lit. The view of the ghats during this festival ooze nothing but bliss and divinity.
The beautiful festival of Dev Deepawali came into existence in the 1980s at the Panchganga Ghat. Visiting the ghats, you will feel as if everything is meant to unfold itself like a godly plan. Yes, the aura of this place is such that you will feel the divine energies entering your body.
Truly, the faith and the devotion on this particular day are unparalleled to anything seen or heard. This year, in 2021, Dev Diwali will be celebrated on November 18.
The primary ritual of Dev Deepawali is lighting 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 early in the morning to take Kartik Snan which essentially means taking a dip into the holy waters of the Ganges and cleansing oneself from all the bad and negative karma.
After this ritual is performed, then comes the turn for Deep Dan which is basically offering oil to the earthen lamps. This particular ritual is carried out in the honour of Goddess Ganga.
On this occasion, a great number of 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.
And on the evening of this festival, one can see throngs of devotees performing aartis and lighting diyas on the ghats. They participate with a lot of devotion and decorate the ghats along the riverbank for 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 spirituality from within.
Mostly, every ghat organizes their own ceremony with gigantic lamps that are set ablaze with priests chanting hymns.
As per the Hindu culture, Varanasi is considered to be Gods' abode. Hence, traveling to Varanasi can be truly a life-altering experience for one and all. The holy city is located at an approximate distance of 846, 1,614, 675, and 1,863 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively.
Let’s take a look at how you can reach the mukti dham by the following modes of transportation.
By Air. Traveling to Varanasi via flight is a good option. It is well connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow and more. Spicejet and Indigo Airlines operate at a good frequency to and fro Varanasi airport. However, it is to be noted that in 2005, Varanasi Airport was renamed as Lal Bhadur Shashtri International Airport.
This airport is considered to be the 21st busiest airport in India in terms of passenger movement and the second busiest in all of Uttar Pradesh. After you deboard at this airport, you will need to take a cab or a local auto to cover the remaining distance to your destination.
By Road. If you are planning a trip to Varanasi then 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 traveling towards this enlightening city is an experience worth having.
From Delhi, you will need to cover an approximate distance of 846 km via NH19 or Lucknow Express Highway; from Lucknow, the distance would be 320 km via NH31; and from Praygraj it would be 121 km via NH19.
If you are coming from Patna then you will have to travel for 245 km via Piro-Jagdishpur Road and from Kanpur you will need to cover 331 km via NH19. respectively.
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 comprising of the automated signaling system.
In 2017, it was also ranked 14th in India in terms of overall cleanliness. Over 250 trains arrive at this station on a daily basis.
If you want to reach Benaras via train then you can take Vande Bharat Express and Swatantra S Express from New Delhi Junction; then from Lucknow, you can take Begampura Express via Lucknow NR station; you can also opt for Vande Bharat Express via Kanpur Central.
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