Dev Diwali is one of the famous festivals of Hindu which is celebrated in Benares on the occasion of Kartik Poornima and start by holy Vedic mantras chanted by priests to please and welcome the God, sparkling fire crackers and a bunch of Diyas at the ghats.
At this occasion each and every ghats of Gange are packed with the great crowed of pilgrims and diyas. They flow thousands of Diyas (also known as earthen lamps) in the holy water of Gange for their Gods according to their rituals beliefs.
Dev Diwali 2014
Dev Diwali 2014 would be celebrated by the people on Wednesday, at 6th November 2014.
History and Legend of Dev Deepavali
Dev Deepavali is celebrated every year in the Varanasi on the fifteenth day of Diwali in the respect of Ganga by the pilgrims. It is held in the month of Kartik at Kartik Purnima when the moon become in his full view. It is celebrated and observed by the people with the great trumpet blast and overwhelms. In Hindu religion, Dev Deepavali is celebrated in the belief that the Gods descend on the Earth on this grand instance. There is another myth of celebrating Dev Deepavali that at this day demon Tripurasur has been killed by the Gods, so it is named as Dev Deepavali and celebrated as a victory day of the Gods at the Kartik Purnima.
How it starts and where it is held on:
This programmed gets start with the prayer of Lord Ganesha by presenting Ganpati Vandana, followed by laying garland of flower. Dev Deepavali presented by 21 Brahmins and 41 girls sounding vedic mantras. After Deep-Daan, the Maha Aarati is held on at Dasaswamedh Ghat which becomes the main attraction of the day. After all the cultural programs like dance performances by great personalities of Varanasi is held under the event Nritya Ganga.
Almost all ghats such as Assi Ghat, Suparshvanath Ghat, Boondiper Kota Ghat, Panchganga Ghat, Kedar Ghat, Ahilya Bai Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat are full of crowd and delight. A 12-ft statue of the Goddess Ganga becomes the center of the attraction at this day. People travel in the boat from here to there to have immense pleasure of this occasion. On this great instance devotees and pilgrims take a holy dip early in the morning in the sacred water of Gange known as the Kartik Snan. Many houses at Varanasi organize Akhand Ramayan with the allocation of bhogs.
Crowd and Decoration of Ghats
Ganga Mahotsav is also held at Dasaswamedh Ghat (the famous Gange ghat) around this occasion where a huge number of Hindu devotees start to come from the Prabodhini Ekadasi which is the eleventh day of the fortnight. The entire ghats of the Ganga from Varuna to Asi gets decorated with the tiny earthen lamps (known as Diya) and floral rangolis at the evening of Kartik Purnima and people starts gathering by the riverside before sunset to see the beauty. It is considered that pilgrims flow Diyas in water of Gange to welcoming the Gods who descend on the earth. This whole event makes a wonderful scene to watch. Gange arti also held on each Gange ghat with a huge lamps and done by priests of ghats.
Role of the Ganga Seva Nidhi
At this occasion, the Ganga Seva Nidhi manages a program in order to pay respect to the martyrs in which they put down flower garlands at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. Dev Deepawali draws attention of millions of devotees and pilgrims every year. Because of the huge gathering at the ghats, enough security arrangements has been made by the UP government for safety purpose.