Beautifully Lit Ghats, Mesmerising Ganga Aarti & More; Here’s Why Dev Deepawali In Varanasi Is So Special

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Beautifully Lit Ghats, Mesmerising Ganga Aarti & More; Here’s Why Dev Deepawali In Varanasi Is So Special

Dev Deepawali is one of the primary attractions in the land of peace and spirituality, Varanasi. The day is referred to as the Diwali of the Gods, and the gods descend onto Varanasi’s ghats to enjoy their portion of the celebration. The vista at Varanasi’s Ghats is truly divine, and the area is already the pinnacle of serenity and intimate contact with the divine. Here’s why you should never miss it. 

Why Dev Deepawali In Varanasi Is So Special

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Dev Deepawali is observed in remembrance of Lord Shiva, who vanquished three demons collectively known as Tripurasura: Vidyunmali, Tarakaksha, and Viryavana. This day is known as “Triporotsav” because Lord Shiva defeated the demons and destroyed the three cities they had built. 

Known by various names, such as Kashi or Banaras, Varanasi is among the world’s most ancient and revered cities. It is a city that has seen the birth and death of saints and sages, the rise and fall of civilizations, and the development and diversity of cultures. The city is teeming with art, history, and spirituality.

One experience in Varanasi that is worth remembering is Dev Deepawali. Every area of the city comes alive with vibrant colors and sparkling diyas during this celestial manifestation. The city appears even more exquisite, as though stars have descended upon Earth. 

During this time, pilgrims, travelers, and visitors from all over the world swarm the city to take in the festival’s magnificence.

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Gods Travel To The City

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The belief that all the gods travel to Varanasi on the day of Dev Deepawali to take a dip in the Ganga River is another widespread belief surrounding this festival. 

The primary custom on this occasion is bathing in the Ganges, also known as “kartik snan,” and offering the river goddess a deepdan in the evening. Later, in the evening, the well-known Ganga aarti of Varanasi is performed on the riverbanks, which is a sight to behold. 

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Thousands of pilgrims gather to plunge into the sacred Ganges on this auspicious day. In the evening, they burn diyas, or clay lamps, and present flowers to the goddess Ganga in prayer. Deep daan is the custom of presenting lit lights to the Ganga. 

Thousands of diyas sparkle on the steps of Varanasi Ghats as the sun sets, creating an incredibly beautiful sight. In addition to the ghats, the lamps in the city also brilliantly light each of the temples.

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Honouring Martyrs 

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If you’re thinking about going this year, you’re in for a great treat with the fireworks display that’s scheduled for the event. The display, which will light up the night sky with colours and patterns, is going to be amazing. Several points along the river will be used to launch the fireworks, creating a spectacular sight that can be viewed for miles.

Dev Diwali is not just a major religious celebration but also a time for the city to honour its martyrs. During this period, the Ganga Seva Nidhi arranges a program in which wreaths are laid at the Amar Jawan Jyoti on the well-known Dashashwamedh Ghat. 

The Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force officials then perform a closing ceremony, and later on, the Bhagirath Shourya Samman awards are given out.

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