Friday, 1 July 2011

Dev Deepavali: Perfect way to Welcome God!!

Not many people have heard of the Dev Deepavali. In fact the majority of Indians have never heard or aware of it either. Dev Deepavali, celebrated on the fifteenth day of Diwali, is a tribute to river Ganga by the people of Varanasi.  These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Dev Deepavali celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Varanasi.

One of the decorated ghats of Varanasi
 There is an old tradition of celebrating Dev Deepavali with pump and show in Varanasi. Dev Diwali is observed on Kartik Purnima and popularly celebrated along the Ganga River banks in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). There are many legends around Dev Deepavali. On Dev Deepavali (full moon day) it is said that God descends from heaven to bathe in the Ganga. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu returned to Vaikunta, his abode on this day after the Vamana incarnation and visiting King Bali. Another legend has it that Lord Shiva killed the three demons, who were killing the Devas and humans, and destroyed the three cities built by them on this day. 

Varanasi during Dev Deepawali
 Kartik Snan and Deepdaan are the main rituals performed during Dev Deepawali. Early morning, devotees take a holy dip in the river while chanting mantras and bowing to the sun-God. In the evening under the full moon reflecting in the holy waters, they perform deepostav. On deepostav occasion amidst chanting of Vedic hymns people light diyas (earthen lamps) and burst firecrackers in welcome. These lamps are lit as a mark of welcome to the Gods as they descend on earth. The little sparks of fire flicker elegantly and is a wonderful sight to watch.

Varanasi Ghat
 The 'Ganga-Aarti' is an important event in the evening. Almost all Ghats organize their own ceremony. During this time, the Ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of Diyas (earthen lamps). Huge lamps are set ablaze and the priest holds forth the lamp as the multitude chants the hymns. Every ghat along the Ganga is lighted up on Dev Deepavali in readiness for the Divine.

Ganga Aarti during Dev Deepavali
 The event is a must for all tourists who want to get a glimpse of the rich culture of Varanasi and India


  1. Absolutely wonderful clicks here.Skin tantalizing post indeed.

  2. What a lovely narrative and photographs. I was in Varanasi during Dussera last year and that is where I got to here about Dev Deepavali. I hope that I get a chance to visit this ancient city during this time.

  3. I love dis post...........i was there in Varanasi during Dec Deepawali

  4. Dear Madam

    Happy Deepavali wishes to you, to your family members and also to your friends.

    Madam best wishes for your new projects on exploring undiscovered Indian treasures and sharing them through your blog to the world.

    Madam this is my Diwali message "Lamps of India" which i shared in my Heritage of India blog.

    Madam please look into my Lamps of India message and share your valuable comments.

    Madam in my Heritage of India blog i am trying to explore Indian Heritage and Culture with my own collections of vintage postcards, books etc. and also using other people images with their permission.

    Madam shall i use this Dev Deepavali message and its images and also other treasure posts and their images whenever i want.

    Madam i am using your text and images only after your permission and approval.

    Madam for using other people images etc. some people informed as while using their images etc. they want their name and link as images source display and some people told there will be no need of any link or name mention for using their images.

    Madam suppose you gave permission for using your images did you require your name and link for where i got those images or need.

    Madam i hope to receive one encouraging comment from you for my Lamps of India message and also having hope for your permission for using your images etc.


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