Leading up to the time each year that the gods are said to come to Varanasi – exactly fifteen days after Diwali or Deepawali– the Ghats along the Ganges glimmering in the flames of thousands of tiny diyas (oil lamps), thousands more of which are tossed on the river each night. It’s an inconceivable and fitting manifestation for the so-called ‘City of Light’.
Varanasi is identical with spirituality and Hinduism. Its shutterbugs’ favorite and they throng Varanasi from all over the world to capture the essence of India’s religious beliefs, traditions and a life that gets laced with the spiritual philosophies.
The Dev Deepawali is the commemoration of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi exactly 15 days after Diwali. The footsteps of all the Ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat at the south end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honor of Ganga. During Dev Deepawali, houses are adorned with oil lamps and colored designs on their front doors. Fireworks are burnt at night, processions of decorated divinities are taken out into the lanes of Varanasi, and oil lamps are set afloat on the river.
We now take you on a guided Dev Deepawali Festival Tour of this ancient city. Get ready for a photographic drive to the Ghats of Varanasi, where much of what Mark Twain described over a hundred years ago can still be seen unaffected.
Take first flight to Varanasi from Delhi or Mumbai. Considered as holy by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. Varanasi is arguably one of the oldest living settled cities in the world. This city will give you the opportunity to explore its rich culture and social bonding between city and river Ganges. Today we will be roaming around bathing Ghats. We will also witness the old part of the city visiting flower market and other pilgrim activities. We will also try to be eye witness of Akhara traditional Indian wrestling gym and see some practices, including the visit to a ashram for widow and unassisted and differently abled peoples.
At down proceed to experience man pulling boat ride to explore the going on activities at the Ganges. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later on witness the temples by foot nearby the Ghats. This evening witness the most fascinating and auspicious prayer ceremonial on the Ganges. Today is the Kartik Purnima which is the last day of Kartik month as per Hindu panchang (calendar). This festival is witnessed with a lot of delight in the town. As The Ganges is considered the most auspicious river as per Hinduism and Kartik Purnima so devotees takes Snan (bath) in the holy river as a highly meritorious ritual. Kartik Purnima is also known as Dev Deepawali or Dev Diwali as it represents the success of good over sinful. Later devotees visits Kashi Vishwanath temple and offer the prayers to fulfil their wishes. Experiencing the aarti ceremony by boat is the most important event at night time as thousands of oil lamps (diyas) lit on the series of ghats.
At sunrise boat ride to explore the activities at the Ghats (River Side Steps). Morning at leisure. Morning at leisure or own activites visiting ghats or one more chance to have the boat ride on the Ganges. Later proceed for the excursion to Sarnath which is one of the most sacred site for Buddhists. In time transfer to airport for flight to Delhi or Mumbai.