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Dev Deepavali in Varanasi: A Grand Celebration of Lights, Music, and Fireworks

The riverfront ghats of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat to Rajghat, will be adorned with over a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honor of Ganga and its presiding goddess.

By Rekha Joshi 
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Get ready for a spectacular celebration as Varanasi, the holy city in Uttar Pradesh, gears up for Dev Deepavali on November 27, also known as “the Diwali of the Gods.” Taking place on the full moon of the Hindu month of Kartika, this festival follows Diwali by fifteen days.

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The riverfront ghats of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat to Rajghat, will be adorned with over a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honor of Ganga and its presiding goddess. The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has announced that a garland of lamps will decorate the crescent-shaped Ganga Ghats of Kashi.

Tourists are in for a treat as the celebration includes a stunning display of firecrackers, lasers, and music under the moonlit sky. A unique green fireworks show will light up the sky, accompanied by the resonant tunes and hymns of Shiva.

To enhance the grandeur of Dev Diwali, the Yogi government is organizing a laser and fireworks show, along with illuminating the ghats with a whopping 12 lakh lamps. Rajendra Kumar Rawat, Deputy Director of the Tourism Department, revealed that preparations are underway for a Green Aerial Fire Crackers Show lasting approximately 13 minutes.

Sanjay Pratap Singh, India Head of Dome Entertainment, highlighted that a green aerial firecrackers show will stretch across approximately 1 kilometer on the sand. The fireworks will synchronize with Shiva-themed hymns, such as “Har-Har Shambhu” and “Shiv Tandav Stotra,” painting the sky with a vibrant array of colors.

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Prime Minister Modi, in collaboration with the Yogi Adityanath government, has elevated Dev Diwali from a local to a global celebration. This year, an estimated 7 to 8 lakh devotees are expected to converge in Kashi for Dev Diwali. In anticipation of the large gathering, the administration has implemented stringent security measures and traffic control arrangements on the ghats and roads.

Dev Diwali falls on Purnima Tithi of the month of Kartik, and this year it lands on November 27. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath conducted a thorough review of security arrangements, anticipating around five lakh tourists for the occasion. The Varanasi Commissionerate Police has devised an extensive security plan, dividing Kashi’s 84 ghats into 9 zones, 11 sectors, and 32 sub-sectors to ensure a safe and secure celebration.

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