Dev Deepawali, know the date, shubh mahurat and significance
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Dev Diwali 2023 Date and Time: Dev Diwali is celebrated every year on the full moon date of the Kartik month.
Like Diwali, Dev Diwali also has great importance in Hindu religion. This festival is also called the festival of lights and is celebrated exactly 15 days after Diwali.
The festival of Dev Deepawali is mainly celebrated on the banks of river Ganga in Kashi. It is believed that on this day the gods descend on the holy land of Kashi and celebrated Diwali.
Also known as the Diwali of Gods, the ghats of Varanasi are beautifully decorated with earthen lamps. The tradition of celebrating Dev Diwali on the day of Kartik Purnima in Kashi has been going on for centuries. On this day, a different kind of joy is seen in Kashi city. A lot of decorations are done all around the city. Therefore, the importance of donating lamps on this day has also been mentioned in the scriptures. Let us find out the date of Dev Diwali this year and the importance of donating lamps on this day.
When is Dev Diwali 2023?The festival of Dev Deepawali is celebrated on the full moon date of Kartik month. According to the Panchang, this year 26th November is the full moon date of Kartik month, hence the festival of Dev Diwali will be celebrated on 26th November this year.
Auspicious time on Dev DiwaliThe auspicious time to celebrate Dev Diwali is from 5:08 pm to 7:47 pm in the evening i.e. during Pradosh Kaal on 26th November, the day of Dev Diwali. On this day in the evening, make 11, 21, 51, 108 lamps made of flour, add oil to them, light them and offer them on the banks of a river.
Importance of Dev DiwaliIt is believed that on the full moon day of Kartik month, Lord Shiva had killed the demon named Tripurasura. After the killing of Tripurasura, all the gods and goddesses on receiving the news of his death were very happy and they celebrated together. It is said that on this day all the gods and goddesses come down upon the earth along with Lord Shiva and celebrated the occassion by lighting lamps, hence every year Dev Diwali is celebrated with great pomp in Kashi on the date of Kartik Purnima.
The devotees light millions of earthen lamps on River Ganga's ghats, from Raj Ghat to the Ravidas Ghat at the southern end. They also gather to dip in the holy Ganges, locally called the 'Kartik Snan,' with the widespread belief that taking a dip in the sacred Ganga washes sin and brings prosperity. Dev Diwali is the last day of Ganga Mahotsav when Varanasi is believed to become a gods' heavenly abode.
The world-famous Ganga Arti is performed on Dev Diwali evening, and people from all over the country gather to watch the aarti. The aarti is served by 21 Brahmin pandits and 24 young women. The rituals include drum beating, chanting hymns, and conch shell blowing.
Importance of donating lamps on Dev DiwaliIn religious scriptures, the importance of donating a lamp after bathing in the Ganga on the day of Dev Diwali has been mentioned. It is believed that donating a lamp after bathing in Ganga on this day brings auspicious results in one’s life throughout the year.
It is also believed that on the day of Chaturdashi, Lord Shiva and all the gods and goddesses come to Kashi and light lamps. During this period, God is physically present on the holy land of Kashi, so if on this day a person goes to Kashi with a true heart and lights a lamp and prays to God, then all the wishes of his life are fulfilled and after death one gets salvation.
The belief of lighting lamps on ghats and lakes is also associated with Matsyaavatar. Mythological belief is that on this day Devadhidev Mahadev had killed the demon Tripurasura and with the blessings of Lord Shiva, Parvati in the form of Durga had gained power from all the gods and goddesses to kill Mahishasura. It is believed that on this day in the evening Lord Shri Vishnu had also incarnated in the form of Matsya incarnation.