Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday visited Varanasi to take stock of the ongoing preparations for Dev Deepawali to be celebrated on Monday
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday visited Varanasi to take stock of the ongoing preparations for Dev Deepawali to be celebrated on Monday. During his visit, the CM boarded a Ro Ro boat to review decoration on the Ganga ghats that were all illuminated. He also held a meeting with administrative officials and issued necessary instructions to them.
He emphasised that devotees visiting temples on Dev Deepawali should not face any inconvenience. The CM directed NDRF to stay in alert mode on the occasion of Dev Deepawali. He also issued necessary directions to ensure cleanliness on Manikarnika Ghat and stressed the need of counselling police personnel deployed for Dev Deepawali.
Besides, Yogi reviewed the preparations of the month-long Kashi-Tamil Samagam scheduled to start here from November 17. The Centre is organising the event to strengthen the bond between the people of Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, especially Varanasi. The CM said Prime Minister Narendra Modi too will join the Samagam virtually on November 19. Later, the CM offered prayers at Kaal Bhairav and Kashi Vishwanath temples.
Dev Deepawali in Varanasi something you must experience in your lifetime
The city comes alive
Mind you Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in the city of Varanasi and, it has distinct significance from that of the entire nation. But the real charm can be seen during Dev Deepawali. Devotees from all over the world visit Varanasi to perform rituals at Ghats. So, if you wish to get a glimpse of India’s diverse culture, this is the right time to visit.
It will diminish the negativity inside you
As you know, Deepawali is the celebration of good over evil. Dev Deepawali is also based on the same concept. Just visiting the place at this time will decontaminate all your thoughts and negativity within a split second, and that is what India’s most spiritual city – Varanasi holds. You will feel peace and purity within yourselves.
Millions of earthen lamp on the bank of Ganga
During Dev Deepawali, more than a million earthen oil lamps light up the houses and buildings and line the streets, ghats, and riverbanks. The sight is unbelievably divine while you witness from a boat. It appears like a star-studded stairway to heaven. The Ganges looks magical with the moonlight reflecting in the water with oil lamps everywhere.
Ganga aarti during Dev Deepawali is a lifetime experience
While artis are performed every day by the ghats, the Ganga arti at Dashashwamedh ghat during Dev Deepawali is the grandest and elaborate one. 21 Brahmin priests will hold multi-tiered arti lamps and perform rituals in front of the Ganges that involve chanting Vedic mantras, beating drums, and conch shell blowing. The vision will stay with you forever once you have witnessed the pomp.