In Photos: On Kartik Purnima, Varanasi Decks Up For Dev Diwali

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Devotees throng the ghats of Varanasi.
(Photo: The Quint/ Abhishek Ranjan)

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The ghats of Varanasi are all decked up for Dev Diwali, a festival that takes place 15 days after Diwali. This year its being celebrated on 4 November.

The 87 ghats in Varanasi are adorned with diyas as devotees come to take part in the Ganga Mahotsav, a five-day long affair. As evening falls, the serene waters of the Ganga reflect the flickering lights, a stunning spectacle that draws tourists from around the world.

According to the shastras (an Indian text), this is the day when Lord Shiva defeated the Tripurasurs. To celebrate his triumph, the gods lit diyas. It is believed that on this day, all the gods descend from heaven to Shiv’s town Kaashi on the banks of the Ganges to celebrate Diwali.

A priest at a Varanasi ghat.
(Photo: The Quint/ Abhishek Ranjan)

More photos at here - Quint

For significance of Dev Diwali - Dev Diwali: When the Gods Visit Varanasi to Celebrate

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