Every year on Kartik Purnima, the festival is attended by visitors from all over the country as well as from abroad.
On Dev Deepawali, which was celebrated on Monday, Varanasi and its ghats shone brightly from the light of over 21 lakh diyas (earthen lamps).
Every year on Kartik Purnima, the festival is attended by visitors from all over the country as well as from abroad. According to district officials, 10 lakh lamps were used to decorate an 8-kilometer stretch of ghats, with the remaining lamps being used throughout the city.
As part of the effort to make the event memorable, a laser show and “eco-friendly” fireworks were organized.
Meanwhile, during the Ganga aarti, locals paid tribute to the country’s soldiers at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. The arti was streamed live in six different locations throughout the city.
According to government sources, while 8 lakh lamps were lit on the west bank’s 84 ghats, two lakh lamps were lit on the east bank’s sands. In addition to the ghats, temples were decorated to commemorate the occasion.
Aside from that, the stretch of road between Markandeya Mahadev Dham and the river bank near Shool Tankeshwar temple was adorned with beautiful lamps.
Shivpur Lake, Moti Jheel, Rameshwar Mahadev Temple in Jansa area, Durgakund Temple, Kardameshwar Mahadev Temple Pond, Mandakini Kund in Maidagin, Sankuldhara Pokhra Surya Sarovar at Bareka, and Shastri Ghat along Varuna river were also decorated as part of the celebrations.
According to a government spokesperson, Varanasi was recently named the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) cultural and tourism capital for a year, and on Dev Deepawali, one of the member countries, Russia, and two members from Kyrgyzstan attended the celebrations.
“The Kashi Vishwanath temple complex was decorated with 50 tonnes of flowers at a cost of Rs 80 lakh to the government,” the spokesperson added. The temple complex will be decorated by a Visakhapatnam-based decorator, according to Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma.