About Dev Deepawali festival in India

About Dev Deepawali festival in India

Dev Diwali or Dev Deepawali also known as the “Festival of lights in Varanasi ” or “Diwali of gods” is celebrated on the occasion of Kartik Purnima in Varanasi,The beautiful ghats of Varanasi are decorated with millions of earthen pots or diya starting from the most southern ghat i.e Ravidas Ghat to the southern most ghat of Varanasi the Rajghat in the honour of life giving Mother Ganges ,It is believed that gods descend on earth to bathe in river Ganges thus making this occasion auspicious,This tradition of celebrating Dev Deepawali in Varanasi started in the year 1985 on Panchganga Ghat ,During Dev Deepawali, All the houses nearby ghats are decorated with oil lamps and they also make a coloured decoration in front of their doors called “Rangoli”. In the evening firecrackers are burnt at night, processions of decorated deities are taken out into the streets of Varanasi, and oil lamps are set a float on the river.

Why is Dev Diwali celebrated and the importance of Dev Deepawali ?

According to the ancient Indian traditions Dev Deepawali is celebrated to mark the good over evil it is believed that Lord shiva killed demon Tripurasur on this day therefore it is also known as Tripuri Purnima .There was a demon named Tarkasur who had three sons namely Tarakah, Kamalaksh and Vidyutmali.

Tarkasur was gifted three moving cities which were made of Gold, Silver & Iron which were built by the renowned architect of demons – Mayasur,Tarkasur gifted one city to each of his sons and also adviced them not to cross the paths of gods or disrespect them in anyways.

Lord Brahma became happy with the severe penances performed by three sons and granted them m a boon that they would live for thousand years in their three invincible moving cities called Tripuri; and that they could be destroyed by only one arrow that would merge the three cities, into one and set them on fire.

After getting this super natural power these three sons started misusing their power & started harassing Gods. The Gods faced many problems and finally approached Lord Shiva to seek help, for their rescue.

Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava dance’ – ‘The Dance of Destruction’ in anger which shook these three cities there after He shot an arrow piercing through the three cities at one time and the fire from his third eye burnt the three cities. The killing of the three demons spread happiness around the world . This form of Shiva is called ‘Tripurari’ or ‘Tripurantaka’.

AS this day when Lord shiva got victory over demons was the full moon day in Kartik month and hence the day is celebrated as Tripuri Poornima or Tripurari Poornima .Later which was known as Dev deepawali.

Where is Dev Diwali Celebrated

As it is believed that the City of Kashi or modern day Varanasi is situated on the trident of lord Shiva & is his faviourate place therefore to mark Lord Shivas victory over Tripurasur the festival of Dev Deepawali is celebrated in Varanasi every year on the full moon day in the month of Kartik.

When is Dev Diwali celebrated

Dev Deepawali is an annual celebration & it is celebrated on the occasion of Kartik Poornima which basically falls on the 15th day of Deepawali every year.

When is Dev Deepawali in 2018 & Dev diwali dates in 2018

Dev Deepawali will be celebrated on 22nd November 2018 this year.

How is Dev Diwali Celebrated

The proceeding of this religious ceremony begins with chanting of the holy Vedic mantras by the holy priests basically they start with Ganesh Vandana which is followed with lighting up oil lamps (diyas) at various ghats of Varanasi in the evening it ends up with a sparkling display of firecrackers, to welcome and please the Gods and Goddesses.

On this day people also perform the Bathing ceremony which is known as “Kartik Snan” the pilgrims from various parts of the world take a holy dip in river Ganges and offer Deepdan (offering of oil lighted lamps) in the honour of Goddess Ganga.

The festivities begins with Ganga Mahotsav which is a 5 day festival & it starts from Prabodhani Ekadashi & lasts up to Kartik Poornima.The festival of Ganga Mahotsav is held at Dasaswamedh Ghat ,the famous Ganges ghat in Varanasi on this occasion where a huge number of Hindu devotees start to visit the location, from the day of Prabodhini Ekadasi (eleventh day of fortnight). The entire ghats of the Ganga from Varuna to Assi is decorated with Diyas and floral rangolis on the eve of Kartik Poornima.Pilgrims let Diyas afloat in the water of the Ganges to welcome the Gods who are believed to descend on Earth.

What is the main attraction of Dev Deepawali

The main tourist attraction during Dev Deepawali is the beautiful decoration of Ghats see the beauty of these gleaming ghats which are decorated with earthen lamps & flowers people from all over the world come to Varanasi to see this scenic beauty which they cherish all their life.

Ganga Aarti during Dev diwali & Maha Aarti during Dev Deepawali in Varanasi

Ganga Aarti in Varanasi is perfomed daily on the prominent Ghats like Dashashwamedh Ghat,Sheetla Ghat,Assi Ghat,Rajghat etc but on this special day of Dev Deepawali Special Ganga Aarti is performed which is known as Maha Aarti which is performed by a group of 21 Brahmin Priests along with 24 local girls with full devotion. The Ganga Mahotsav ends with the grand celebrations of Dev Diwali.

This Maha aarti is performed once in a year on this occasion which makes the celebrations more attractive and beautiful.

Best way to see Dev deepawali in Varanasi

The best way to see Dev Diwali in Varanasi is by having a boat ride in Ganges from you can get a close glimpse of all the beautifully decorated ghats also you can enjoy the eyecatching fireworks from your boat so a boat ride in Dev Deepawali is a must thing to do while your visit to Varanasi.

Plan your trip for Dev Deepawali 2018

There are various travel requirements which are required to be planned well in advance Indology tours is expert for Dev Deepawali tour packages and we assist you in planning your Trip to Varanasi during the occasion of Dev Diwali 2018 we are giving you details of various services you may require during this festival.

Book Boat ride for Dev Diwali and Booking a boat in Dev deepawali

As there are limited number of Boats in Varanasi which are insufficient for this mass gathering of people who come here to celebrate the festival of Dev diwali therefore we advise you to prebook your boats so as to avoid last minute rush and its almost impossible to do the onspot booking for boat ride in Ganges so its better to do the bookings in advance.Aslo you will have to negotiate a lot from the boatmans as they charge you on a very higher side then the normal rates.

We at Indology tours will help you to make the advance bookings for Boat ride on Dev deepawali all you have to do is tell us about your requirements,Your travel date we will make the arrangements accordingly & you can directly book boat ride on Devdeepawali with us.

Rent a car in Dev deepawali

The entire city faces a heavy rush during Dev diwali as a large number of people visit here on this occasion getting a mode of transportation becomes very painful at times as most of these Taxi permit vehicles are already booked as we have our own fleet of vehicles and have been providing Car rental services in Varanasi from many years directly book cars for Devdeepawali with us.

Should we book hotels during Dev diwali well in advance ?

Finding a accommodation during Dev Deepawali is very tough as millions of people attend this festival there is a shortage of rooms in Varanasi on this occasion so we advice you to pre book hotels during Dev deepawali for more assistance on hotel bookings on devdipawali kindly contact us on .

Booking hotels during Dev Deepawali | Best palces to stay during Devdeepawali in Varanasi

Every visitor coming to Varanasi on this occasion has his/her mind where to stay during Devdeepawali there are many options for your stay in Varanasi where you can choose as per your requirements.

Where to stay during Dev deepawali

Varanasi finds it place as the Spiritual capital of the world being an important city for Hindu & Buddhist pilgrimage in India ,Benaras has seen many developments in the recent past now as it is developing as a corporate city with Multi national companies like Tata consultancy services (TCS),Amul dairy etc setting up their offices here there are many upcoming hotel chains who are here to cater the heavy inflow of tourists as well as corporate movement.

But during the time of fairs & festivals like Devdeepawali Festival their is a shortage of rooms due to limited number of hotels therefore we always advice you to book your accoomdation well in advance if you are coming here to attend any famous Festivals of Varanasi,Dev Diwali being one of them we are providing you informations about places to stay during Dev Deepawali in 2018 .

Stay at 5 Star hotel during Dev Deepawali in Varanasi

There is a wide selection of 5 star hotels in Varanasi where you can stay on the occasion of Dev diwali some of the most famous 5 star hotels in Varanasi are as mentioned :

  • Brijrama Palace
  • Gateway by Taj Varanasi
  • Hotel Ramada plaza Varanasi
  • Hotel Raddison Varanasi
  • Nadesar Palace,Varanasi
  • Hotel Madin,Varanasi

Stay at 4 Star hotel during Dev Deepawali in Varanasi :

There are many good 4 star hotels in Varanasi where you can stay during your Dev deepawali tour some of the most popular hotels in Varanasi are :

  • Hotel Meradean Grand,Varanasi
  • Rivataas by Ideal
  • Hotel Amaya,Varanasi
  • Hotel City Inn,Varanasi

Stay at 3 Star hotel during Dev Deepawali in Varanasi

You have choice of good 3 star hotels in Varanasi where you can have a comfortable stay during the occasion of Dev Deepawali some of the best budget friendly hotels in Varanasi are as below :

  • Hotel India Benaras
  • Hotel Surya,Varanasi
  • Hotel westinn,Varanasi
  • Hotel Meadows,Varanasi
  • Palace on Ganges
  • Hotel Ganges View

Where can I find budget accommodation during Devdeepawali in Varanasi ?

There are many budget hotels in Varanasi where you can stay during Dev Deepawali staying near Ganga ghats is most preferred amongst the travelers where you can find many low budget hotels guest houses as well as tourist hostels in Varanasi where you can have a comfortable stay,We are providing you a detail of some of the best budget friendly places to stay in Varanasi .

Is dev Deepawali different from Diwali ?

Yes Dev Deepawali is different from Diwali, Dev Diwali is celebrated 15 days after the occasion of Diwali on the day of Kartik Purnima.

Is their any charges for attending Dev Diwali

There is no charge for attending Dev Deepawali its free for all travelers & pilgrims coming to Varanasi to witness this mass gathering of people & get a glimpse of beautiful ghats of Varanasi which are being beautifully decorated with various lights.

How can I book a tour for Dev deepawali in Varanasi

Booking a Tour package for Dev deepawali 2018 is easy we at Indology tours have a wide selection of Devdeepawali tours from which you can choose the best one as per your convenience,our 02 Days Dev deepawali packages & 03 Days Dev Deepawali tour packages are most popular amongst the tourists we have been arranging travel packages for Dev Diwali since last many years & being based in the temple township of Varanasi we are one of the most trusted Travel agents for Dev Diwali in Varanasi we are here to cater all your travel needs for Varanasi.

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