Dev Diwali 2021
Dev Diwali Varanasi
Dev Deepawali is an auspicious Indian festival and has great importance in Hindu culture. Dev Diwali is a Kartik Poornima festival celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, which falls on Kartik month’s full moon according to Hindu calendar. Dev Diwali is a unique festival, which is celebrated only in Varanasi. Devotees come together in large numbers to celebrate the auspicious festival on the Ghats of Varanasi.
Origin & History of Dev Diwali
The Dev Deepawali festival celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh falls 15 days after Diwali, on the full moon of Hindu month Kartik. According to Hindu mythology, Hindu god Shiva killed a demon named Tripurasur on this day. The festival, Dev Deepawali, is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Shiva over the devil. Apart from this, the festival also marks the birth anniversary of Lord Kartik, son of Shiva.
It is believed that Hindu gods descend from heaven on this day to celebrate the victory. To welcome the gods, Varanasi Ghats are lit with millions of earthen diyas on Dev Diwali. This tradition of lighting the diyas on Dev Diwali first began at the Panchganga Ghat in 1985.
The devotees light millions of earthen lamps on River Ganga’s ghats, all the way from Raj Ghat to the Ravidas Ghat at the southern end. They also gather to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is locally called the ‘Kartik Snan’ with the widespread belief that taking a dip in the sacred Ganga washes the sin and brings prosperity. Dev Diwali is the last day of Ganga Mahotsav when Varanasi is believed to become a gods’ heavenly abode.
Dev Diwali 2021 Date
Celebrated on Kartik Poornima, the Dev Deepawali date lie around 15 days after the Diwali festival. This year, Dev Deepawali will be celebrated on 18th November. As per the Drikpanchang, the Purnima Tithi begins at noon on 18th November 2021 and ends at 2:26 pm on 19th November 2021. The Puja is performed during the Pradosh Mahurat. As per the pachang, the Pradosh Kal Dev Diwali Mahurat is from 5:09 pm to 7:47 pm on 18th November 2021.
Highlights of Dev Deepawali
Dev Deepawali is one of the most celebrated festivals in Varanasi. The Varanasi Ghats are come alive with millions of earthen lamps, and the Ganga water reflects the light of the glorious full moon. The breath-taking sight is indescribable, which can only be experienced in person.
The highlights of Dev Diwali are :
- The Varanasi ghats’ steps on Ganga River banks, from Ravidas Ghat to Raj Ghat, are lit will millions of diyas to pay tribute to the Goddess of Ganga.
- During the festival, the houses in Varanasi are decorated with lamps and rangolis. Processions of deities are taken out on the Varanasi streets, and diyas are set afloat on the river.
- The devotees perform the ritual of Kartik Snan and take a holy dip in the Ganga and tradition of Deepdan by offering oiled lamps to the Ganga in the evening.
- Varanasi becomes a centre of major tourist attractions during the festival and the sight of thousands of lamps lightning the Ghats and floating in the river is a breathing sight as described by those who witness it.
- The world-famous Ganga Arti is performed in Dev Diwali’s evening, and people from all over the country gather to watch the aarti. The aarti is served by 21 Brahmin pandits and 24 young women. The rituals include drum beating, chanting hymns, and conch shell blowing.
- Boat rides in the evening are a popular attraction when all the Ghats are decorated with lamps and aarti. When witnessed from a boat, the sight appears breath-taking.
How to Reach Varanasi?
Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kashi, is a prominent cultural location. The city attracts a massive number of visitors from different parts of India and foreign every year. Varanasi becomes a crucial religious hub, especially during Dev Diwali as devotees gather in large number to celebrate the festival. The hotels in Varanasi are booked in advanced during the season. Varanasi is well connected by Rail, Road and Air and travelling to the city is easily facilitated.
The Varanasi Airport or Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is located just 18 km away from the central city and is well connected with major Indian cities. IndiGo, Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Vistara are the domestic airlines operating in the city.
Varanasi is also connected by rails. The city has two major railway stations, the Varanasi Junction or the Varanasi Cantt and Kashi Railway Station. These stations are well linked with major Indian cities via rail network.
Varanasi has excellent connectivity by road with cities like Lucknow, Patna, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, and Ranchi. The city is well-linked to other cities via well maintained National Highway 2, 7, 29 and 56. The excellent road conditions make it an ideal choice for the traveller to travel the city via buses. Several Uttar Pradesh State Buses and private bus services frequently ply in and out of Varanasi. Furthermore, you can directly book them on redBus.The buses are comfortable, air-conditioned at a reasonable cost, making them an ideal choice for the journey. Buses often run from Allahabad (120 km), Patna (215 km), Gorakhpur (165 km), Lucknow (270 km), and Ranchi (325 km).
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