Celebrated each year on the Purnima of Karthik maas in the sacred city of Varanasi, Dev Deepawali or Dev Diwali is a festival of light as a mark of worshipping Lord Shiva for his victory over the demon Tripurasur. Don’t get confused between the Dev Diwali and Diwali. Dev Diwali is celebrated after 15 days after the Diwali Celebration. On this day, the demon Tripurasur (namely Tarakaksha, Viddyunmali and Kamalaksha) was beaten by Lord Shiva and all the Devtas were freed from his prison.
Celebrating this auspicious occasion, all devotees come together and take a dip at the holy Ganga. Then, they offer their prayers with flowers and light clay lamps (Diyas) in the evening. The ritual continues day and night and the thousands of deepam lights up every staircases of Varanasi Ghats.
According to Hindu mythology, three demons Tarakaksha, Viddyunmali and Kamalaksha were killed by lord Shiva on this day. Lord Shiva was the only one who could killed all the three demons.
According to myth, all the three demons got one palace each i.e. one of gold, one of silver and one of iron and these three places were in constant motion. All the three places were supposed to be destroyed at the same time, but the constant motion made it impossible.
Lord Shiva came to rescue with the help of Vishwakarma who made a special divine weapon known as Pushpastra. This special weapon was aimed at all three at the same time and eventually all three were destroyed and all the Devtas were rescued. All of them returned to Swarga on Karthik Mass Purnima.
So this is the story behind the celebration of the festival of light, Dev Diwali. This time, it will be celebrated on 3rd March, 2017. May this Dev Dipawali bring all the joy to you. If you are planning to spend some time in Varanasi, book a ticket in advance and enjoy. Don’t forget to book your hotel in advance as well.
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