DEV DIWALI

                                         
Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C . Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform  funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple”, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.


In holy city, Varanasi One of the famous festival that is The Dev Deepavali which is a festival of Kartik Poornima. Its falls on the full moon of the Hindu month of Kartika takes place fifteen day after Diwali.
In Dev Deepavali festival the steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of The holy river Gangaes River, Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honour of the Gangaes, and its presiding goddess. The gods are believed to descend to Earth to bathe in the Ganga river in this day. The festival is also observed as Tripura Purnima Snan or Worship of Lord Shiva. In Varanasi the tradition of lighting the lamps(diyas) on the Dev Deepavali festival day was first started at the Panchganga Ghat in 1985.
During Dev Deepawali , in Varanasi all houses, temples and  roads are decorated with oil lamps(diyas) and colored designs rangoli on their doors. Firecrackers are burnt at night, processions of decorated deities are taken out into the streets.
Crowds gather to watch the riverside festivities and at evening Ganga Aarti are on Dashashwadesh Ghat which is done by our prime minister Narendra Modi . People take bath in Ganga River and deepdan(offering of oil lighted lamps) to Ganga in the evening. This festival is major tourist attraction and the sight of a million lamps(both floating and fixed ) lighting the all 365 ghats and river in vivid color have often been described by visitors as a breathtaking sight.
On the night of the festival , thousand of devotes from the holy city of Varansi, surrounding villages, and acroos the country gather in the evening on ghats of Ganges to watch aarti. The local government makes several intensive security arrangements to ensure order during the festival.

You must visit once and see the beauty of Varanasi city and the Dev Deepawali festival and also The famous Kashi Viswanath Temple of lord Shiva.


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