On Monday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is all set to welcome special guests, including ambassadors and high commissioners from 70 countries, to witness the magical Dev Deepawali celebrations in Varanasi. The city is preparing to showcase it is celestial beauty, with thousands of lamps lighting up the streets and the Ganga ghats. It is a grand occasion, and people from around the world are coming to be a part of this extraordinary festival. The vibrant lights, cultural festivities, and the spiritual aura of Varanasi are sure to create an unforgettable experience for everyone attending.
Visitors to Varanasi are in for a treat with laser shows at the Ganga Dwar of Baba Kashi Vishwanath Dham and Chet Singh Ghat, along with digital fireworks. The town will be adorned with the warm glow of over 12 lakh diyas, with 11 lakh made of earthen material and 1 lakh crafted from cow dung. These diyas will line all 85 ghats along the Ganga, creating a breathtaking sight. As part of the celebrations, an additional 9 lakh diyas will light up the many ponds in Varanasi, adding to the festive charm.
On Sunday, the District Magistrate, S Rajalingam, checked out Namo Ghat and asked about the plans for foreign guests. After the inspection, Rajalingam mentioned, "Everything is ready, and all the arrangements have been completed.”
According to the report the guests will be welcomed at Varanasi airport with lively performances by folk artists. Following this, they will be taken to Namo Ghat from the airport.
The group includes ambassadors and high commissioners from 70 countries, along with 150 additional officials. Once at Namo Ghat, they will board a cruise vessel, where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will extend a warm welcome. The guests, accompanied by the CM, will have the opportunity to experience the Dev Deepawali celebrations on the cruise.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Awadhesh Pandey has confirmed heightened security measures at all Ganga ghats. Commissioner of Police Mutha Ashok Jain has directed department officials to stay vigilant and alert at all times along the ghats. Additionally, eight National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been positioned to ensure the safety of tourists and devotees at the ghats. NDRF Inspector Jagdish Rana mentioned the availability of a water ambulance for emergencies, emphasizing the commitment to ensuring a secure environment during the celebrations.
In preparation for the occasion, Baba Kashi Vishwanath Dham has been adorned with tons of flowers, creating a vibrant and festive atmosphere. The Ganga Dwar has been embellished with decorative lights, adding to the overall beauty of the surroundings. The combination of floral decorations and ornamental lights is sure to enhance the spiritual and celebratory ambience of the Baba Kashi Vishwanath Dham during the special occasion.
On Dev Deepawali, the special Mahaarati dedicated to Lord Ram will showcase glimpses of Ramlala and the Ram temple in Ayodhya. At Dashashwamedh Ghat, 21 priests will perform the aarti, symbolizing Riddhi Siddhi and highlighting the message of women's power. Ganga Seva Nidhi is finalizing a replica of Amar Jawan Jyoti at the same ghat to honour Amar Veer Yoddhas. Sushant Mishra from Ganga Seva Nidhi mentioned this, as they organize the daily Ganga Aarti. Furthermore, Varanasi Smart City will livestream the celebrations at six locations, as shared by its general manager D Vasudevan.
Dev Deepawali, also known as the Deepawali of Gods, is celebrated on Kartik Purnima, occurring 15 days after Diwali. According to mythological beliefs, during this festival, gods descend from heaven to bless devotees who take part in the Mahaarti. The celebration is rooted in the Shiva Purana, emphasizing its significance in Hindu mythology and traditions. It marks a special time when the divine is believed to be present among the devotees, creating a spiritually enriching atmosphere during the festivities.