Let’s Celebrate Dev Deepawali And Indulge In Bliss

We have celebrated Diwali with immense fervour and are all set to embrace Dev Deepawali. Yaas! This well-known fest is celebrated in the auspicious city, Varanasi, every year. Also known as Dev Diwali, the Utsav is a celebration of Lord Shiva’s triumph over Tripurasur, the demon. Hence, this day is also acclaimed as Tripurari Purnima or Tripurotsav and occurs on the tithi of Kartik Purnima. It also coincides with the final day of Ganga Mahotsav that starts on Prabodhini Ekadashi. 

Dev Diwali 2020 Date And Tithi Time

This year. Dev Deepawali date falls on the 29th of November, 2020, Sunday. 

Pradosh Kaal Dev Deepavali Muhurat: 05:08 PM to 07:47 PM

Purnima Tithi Start: 29th of November, 2020, 12:47 PM 

Purnima Tithi Ends: 30th of November, 2020, 02:59 PM 

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Importance of Dev Diwali In Varanasi

Varanasi is a dream destination for many tourists and religious followers. Individuals from different countries visit the city and stay here for days. They seek spiritual bliss with meditative practices on the banks of sacred river Ganga and pay multiple visits to the temples in the city. And when the festival of Dev Diwali occurs, Varanasi appears truly as the abode of Gods! Dev Deepawali simply exhibits the epithet “City of Lights” for Varanasi. Hence, this day holds the utmost importance for people of Varanasi.

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Dev Deepawali Rituals

The ceremonial events are planned quite elaborately and observed with immense devoutness each year. Below are the rituals followed on this day:

  • Start the ceremony by offering flowers and prayers to Lord Ganesha. Then, 21 Brahmins and 41 young girls offer diyas (earthen lamps), also known as deepdaan, and chant the Vedic mantras along. 
  • Taking a holy dip in the river Ganga is considered significant on this day, and the ritual is known as Kartik Snan. It is said that a person can remove their sins by doing so. 
  • Devotees also organise the event of Akhand Ramayan (reciting the sacred scripture of  Ramayan). It is concluded with Bhoj wherein everyone is offered food.
  • Besides being a religious occasion, the day also witnesses a remembrance of martyrs at the ghats. For this, Ganga Mata is offered prayers and powerful Aarti. Ganga Seva Nidhi arranges this and people place wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti of Dashashwamedh Ghat. This is also done at the nearby Rajendra Prasad Ghat by members of the three armed forces and police officers. People also sing patriotic songs to symbolise the event.

A Spectacle Of Lights

The festival of Dev Diwali is a sight worth witnessing in Varanasi. All the ghats and temples are lit with diyas or earthen lamps. It is a spectacle where everything seems magical, and one feels as if stars have descended to the earth. Gods are believed to visit Varanasi and take a sacred dip in the holy Ganges on this day. All these events make this fest extremely well-known. This is why travellers from all over the world arrive here in huge numbers during this time. The primary event welcomes numerous people who wish to see the picturesque and adorned Aarti performed at night. Lamps are lighted in thousands and placed on the river ghats. The mere sight leaves all eyes enchanted and mesmerised even though the crowd is huge.

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The Grand Ganga Aarti

This goes without saying that Varanasi is the conqueror in performing Ganga Aarti, and you can spot this grand event yourself on Dev Deepawali! On top of that, the Dashashwamedh ghat is filled with an exuberant crowd. The Ganga Aarti offered on the festival of Dev Diwali is the lengthiest one of the year.

Countless diyas all over the ghats are sure to make you gleam with joy and leave you in awe. The exquisite view simply takes you back to your glorious imaginations on this beautiful evening in Varanasi. People also visit the Assi ghat later in the evening. Other spots such as Reeva ghat, Kedar Ghat, Man Mandir ghat, and Panch Ganga ghat are also famous for celebrating the Dev Deepawali eve.

Wishing you a happy Dev Diwali and may the time ahead bring you happiness and abundance!

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