Updated: Nov 21, 2020
The Dev Deepavali is the festival celebrated in Varanasi on the day of Kartik Poornima. Kartik Poornima is the full moon day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik month of Hindu Calendar. It normally falls in the November–December month, fifteen days after Diwali. It is also known as Tripuri Poornima and Tripurari Poornima. Dev Deepawali is celebrated in the Varanasi in a spectacular style. The festival is a major tourist attraction, and the sight of a million lamps (both floating and fixed) lighting the ghats and river in vivid colors have often been described by visitors and tourists as a breathtaking sight. The steps of all the ghats of Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (Diyas).The tradition of lighting the lamps on the Dev Deepawali festival day was first started at the Panchganga Ghat in 1985.
Besides the religious significance, the day of Dev Deepawali also commemorates the brave martyrs, who lost their lives fighting for their country. Wreaths are offered as remembrance for those brave soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. This event is organized by the ‘Ganga’ Seva Nidhi’. The traditional last post by the three armed forces (Army, Air Force and Navy) is performed at the end. Bhajans and patriotic songs are also sung and the ‘Bhartiya Shourya Samman’ awards are also given.
After receiving the directions of the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the city administration is gearing up to celebrate Dev Deepawali (also called as Kashi Deepotav) on November 30. Compared to the last year when 10 lakh earthen lamps (Diyas) were lit on ghats of Varanasi, this year the target is to light at least 15 lakh earthen lamps (Diyas). Arrangements have being made to follow the social distancing during the celebrations and to sanitize the Hotels and boats to avoid the covid spread.
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