What is Dev Diwali or Dev Deepawali?

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Diwali is different and Dev Diwali is very much different from that. Dev Diwali or Dev Deepwali is  the special festival of lights exclusively for Varanasi.

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Varanasi: Priests perform aarti on the banks of Ganga at Assi Ghat in Varanasi as a part of `Subah-e-Banaras` on Dec 2, 2014. `Subah-e-Banaras`, an initiative of the Varanasi district administration begins with morning Ganga Aarti, recitation of morning ragas and a yoga session.

Facts, Beliefs, Rituals of Dev Diwali or Dev Deepawali

This festival is celebrated every year in the holy city of Varanasi.

Dev Diwali is celebrated 15 days after the Diwali festival.

It is believed that Lord Shiva defeats the demon Tripurasur and it is observed on the full moon day of the Kartik Purnima Month.

In some places, it is called as Tripurotsav because the demon Tripurasur had been defeated.

On the big day, it is believed that the Gods visit Earth and take a dip in the holy water of river Ganga.

So, people also flock to get a chance to dip themselves in the holy water.

If you are planning to go for a trip to India during the month of November, then make sure you the river Ganga.

You can reach by using these sources: Railways Timings To Varanasi

On this day, devotees pray to Goddess Ganga, light lamps that are filled with ghee, and offer flowers during the entire prayer procession.

The most important ritual is called Kartik Snan and also the Deepdan.

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Varanasi: People participate in a Ganga aarti organised for martyrs in Varanasi on Nov 1, 2016.

Deepdan is a process whereby lit lamps are offered to the Ganga river. At this time, a specail prayer is offered for martyrs also.

Kartik Snan is a process whereby the devotee will take bath (actually a dip) in the river Ganga.

People decorate the entrance of their homes with rangoli and offer prayers to the Gods.

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Varanasi: Ganga aarti underway on on the banks of the Ganga river on Dev Deepawali in Varanasi, on Nov 6, 2014.

Ganga Aarti: Do not miss the Aarti or the prayers in Varanasi. 

People offer prayes as a token of thankfulness for all the blessings they had experienced in that year.

Food Enjoyed for Dev Deepawali: Sweets of various kinds are prepared and served to the family, loved ones and also the neighbourhood.

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What else can you do in Varanasi?

Since this is a splendid city that is located near River Ganges, you can have the luxury of getting boat rides. Also witness teh diya and lamp decorations that have been beautifully arranged in the Ghats of Varanasi.

Spend this Dev Diwali with loved ones, and we wish your good health and prosperity this year!