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Dev Diwali is two weeks festivity commemorated after the main festival of lights- Diwali. Dev Diwali is also famous as Dev Deepawali or Tripurotsav. This big festival celebrates the death of the demon “Tripurasur” killed by Lord Shiva, therefore it is also referred to as Tripurotsav. Dev Diwali is observed on Shukla Pratipada during Kartik Purnima which is the first day of the bright fortnight of Margashirsha.
This year Dev Diwali falls on Thursday, 18 November. It is a belief that gods, goddesses, and divinities
visit these popular Ghats at the time of Dev Diwali to give blessings. On Dev Diwali, gods are offered maha-naivedya of five sweetmeats and dishes. Let's know about some important facts and the significance of Dev Diwali.
- On the occasion of Dev Diwali, each Ghat
(bank of the rivers) including the Ganges in Varanasi, Rishikesh, Haridwar, and
many other prominent cities solemnize this very illustrious festival and
devotees lit earthen lamps, oil lamps, and diyas in riversides.
- Almost, every sacred ghat glorifies this vibrant 14-15 days festivities and enthusiasts organize notable spiritual events and cultural programs.
- Tourists and admirers come a long way (from across the world) to witness the allure of this marvelous festivity and involve themselves in ceremonial functions and sacraments including the boat ride which to welcome lords descend on the Ghats.
- Devotees also take a holy dip in the Ganges on the propitious festivity of Kartik Purnima and light Diyas and oil lamps in the evening time to get rid of all the wrongdoings and sins done in the past time.
- Worshippers also perform puja and other sacraments to please Lord Shiva and other deities.