Mahotsava, the tourism festival of Varanasi is celebrated
every year from Prabodhani Ekadashi to Kartik Purnima in the month
of Oct-Nov. The festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage
of Varanasi. Apart from the excellent cultural programmes and
country boat race, display of martial arts also takes place. The
concluding day coincides with the unique traditional festival
of Dev Deepavali (light festival of Gods), when more than a million
earthen lamps (Diyas) are lit on the ghats of Ganga. According
to the Hindu calendar, Kartik (Oct-Nov) is the celestial month
especially on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi. Millions of
Diyas (earthen Lamps) illuminate the ghats (banks) amidst chanting
of Vedic mantras.
Dev Deepavali (full moon day) it is said that God descends
from heaven to bathe in the Ganga. On this occasion amidst chanting
of Vedic hymns people light diyas (earthen lamps) and burst
firecrackers in welcome Uttar Pradesh Tourism organizes a festival
called Ganga Mahotsav so people can experience this celestial
event and feet the ritualistic pulse of the ordinary people.
Varanasi, the sacred corridor (tirtha) is the embodiment of
living sacred heritage.
ghats are dotted with hundreds of umbrellas under which priests
sit. Talking to one priest it is gathered that each umbrella
is registered with the revenue department and each costs around
Rs.30,000/- and the income per day is between Rs.100/- and Rs.500/-.
under their umbrellas priests apply Urdhapundra and Tripundra
tilaks (sacred marks on the foreheads of devotees amidst chanting
of mantras. Devotees also worship Ganga here.
ceremonies are organized by local priests. Cultural phonetics
and the sound of rhythm need no interpretation. Even those who
knew nothing about the grammar of music tap their feet and shake
their heads in appreciation.
are scholars, pandits, flower sellers and vendors lining the
lanes and bylanes of the city. Every ghat along the Ganga is
lighted up on Dev Deepavali in readiness for the Divine. Committees
are formed and there is keen competition. Children decorate
their respective ghats with motifs like the swastika, Om and
Ganesha. The sheer beauty of light and shade cannot be captured
by an electronic eye.
the backdrop of the illuminated Ganga Ghat the rising full moon
is an experience beyond narration. It was like drinking nectar.
The full moon rose high above the sky casting its shadow down
below on the twinkling Ganga. It is a grand finale
to the Ganga Mahotsav.
2015 Dev Diwali held on 25th November, Wednesday. Hindu Tithi
- Purnmasi On Kartik Month or full moon of Kartika Month Dev Diwali
is annual celebration held on after 15 days of Diwali Festival and
According to Hindu calender it is celebrated on Kartik month Puranmasi.
Dev Diwali as its name signifies its meaning its a Lights Festival
of the Gods. Dev Diwali is also known as Dev Dipawali.
Nov 2015 - Arrival transfer from Railway Station / airport, transfer
to hotel Later visit the famous SARNATH the place of where Lord Buddha
gave his first sermon, overnight at hotel.l.
Nov 2015 - Early morning transfer to River front, today being Karthik
Purnima you will withess millions of people taking dip in Holiy River
Ganges & witness the sunrise with Holy Arti taking places, later visit
cty around 5 PM, transfer to Rver front to witness the festival "Dev Deepavali"
the festival of Gods celebrated taking place on bank of holy river Ganga,
the celebration lasrs till early morning..
Nov 2015 - Transfer to Airport / Railway station for your outward
- Accommidation, Breakfast, Dinner & Snacks on Boat Airrval / Departure
transfer, Sightseeing, Service of English speaking Guide and Boat charges