Many people confuse Dev Deepawali with Diwali. However, they both are festival of lights but are extremely different when it comes to rituals. It is celebrated in the holy city of Varanasi every year. Dev Deepawali or Dev Diwali is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasur who comes after 15 days of the festival Diwali. That is why this day is also known as Tripurotsav. It falls on the day of Kartik Purnima i.e. the full moon day.
Dev Deepawali – Date, History, Significance & Celebration
On the holy and auspicious day of this festival of Dev Deepawali, people in large numbers come as devotees and take a dip in the auspicious river Ganga. People pray to Goddess Ganga by offering her lighted diyas and flowers. They light lamps and diyas beside the river Ganga in the evening. This act where people offer diyas and flowers to river Ganga is known as Deepdaan. As the Sun sets on the day of Dev Deepawali, all the steps near river Ganga are lighted with with lamps and diyas on all Varanasi ghats. This looks so amazing that people from far away countries come to experience this beautiful scene. All the temples of Varanasi city are also decorated and lighted up with lamps and diyas.
Dev Deepawali Date 2019: November 12
Dev Deepawali Date 2020: November 29
Dev Deepawali Date 2021: November 18
On the day of Dev Deepawali, the scene and experience is worth watching and remembering. During this festival, each and every corner of the city is lighted up and glitters with diyas as well as with joy. Every corner comes out with bright colors and amazing diyas. It looks like the scene that starts have fallen down to make this festival the most memorable.
This festival is extremely popular. People from faraway places come and bathe in the holy river Ganga and experience this beautiful scene. The most important ritual connected to this festival is to take bath in the Ganga river. The act of taking bath in the Ganga river is also known as Kartik Snan. And the other Important act on this day is of deepdaan. Later aarti is performed om the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi which is an eye treat to watch. People from all over the world come here to attend the aarti.
This day is also connected with the martyrs. And they are also remembered on this day. A program is organized by the Ganga Seva Nidhi where the martyrs are honored at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat. And then the closing ceremony includes performance by Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.