Dev Deepawali- The Diwali of Gods at Varanasi

Dev Deepawali or the Diwali of the Gods or the Festival of Lights of the Gods is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It falls on the full moon of the Hindu month of Kartika (November – December) and takes place fifteen days after Diwali. Dev Deepawali will be held on 22nd November 2018.

Dev Diwali is celebrated to honour the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon named Tripurasur. For this reason, this festival is also known as ‘Tripurotsav’. The steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (Deeyas) in honour of Ganga. The Gods are said to descend to Earth and bathe in the river Ganges on that day.

This is a 5-day festival starts with Prabodhini Ekadashi and ends with Kartik Poornima.

This festival is a major tourist attraction and tourists from around the globe visit Varanasi at this time to witness the grandeur of the Festival of Lights. WeekendTrivia today has brought for you, a few glimpses of Dev Deepawali, captured by different talented Photographers. Do visit Varanasi to experience a culture like never before.

1* Satya_Photography

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2* Santosh Kumar Pandey

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3* Shreenivas Yenni

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4* Joanna Borgiel

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5* Binay Rawal

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6* Avishek Das

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7* Satya_Photography

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Wishing everyone a Grand and Happy Diwali peeps! (We will have Diwali posts on the coming Weekend)

Meanwhile have a safe, happy and Prosperous Diwali. Stay Safe, avoid sound pollution and say no to loud crackers! Light it up!

Cover picture Courtesy: Sayantani Basu

 

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