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Dev Diwali 2019 – 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss It!

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Dev Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in Varanasi. It is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, 15 days after Diwali – the festival of lights. This year Dev Diwali will be celebrated on Tuesday, 12th November 2019.

On Dev Diwali the Ghats of Varanasi come alive with millions of diyas (earthen lamps) and thousands of visitors from all over the world. All the Ghats from Ravidas to Raj Ghat and their stairs appear glittering and shining like stairway to heaven.

The water of Ganges reflect the light of beautiful full moon while boats move leaving the trail of diyas behind. It is an ineffable sight which can only be experienced by being there and witnessing it.

And below are the six reasons why we think you should not miss it!

 

1. It is Grand

When we say grand, we mean it!

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It is so grand that it is impossible to witness all of it at once. The preparations starts a week before the event takes place much of which only lasts for about an hour or two!

 

2. The City Comes Alive

The celebrations in Banaras are at its peak around this time!

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A family making rangoli at the ghats | Picture by Shreenivas Yenni

Devotees from all over the world visit city to perform rituals at Ghats on kartik Poornima. It makes a great opportunity for anyone who wish to get a glimpse of India’s diverse culture.

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A woman lighting diyas at Kedar Ghat | Picture by Piyush Singh

 

3. Best Season To Visit Varanasi

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A priest performing rituals at the Ghat | Picture by Jyoti Sharma

Winter is the best season to visit Varanasi. Mornings are cold and days are sunny. The morning mist creates a surreal backdrop as people perform rituals at the riverfront. Its a spiritual experience!

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Surreal morning view of Ganges | Picture by Ritura Biswas

 

4. Evening Boat Rides

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A boat full of Diyas | Picture by Saurabh Rastogi

It is believed that on Dev Diwali Gods come down to take a bath in Ganges. To welcome the Gods, ghats are decorated with millions of earthen lamps which If witness from a boat appear like a stars studded stairway to heaven.

Ravidas Ghat as seen from a boat | picture by Jeroen Fritz

 

5. Migratory Birds

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Siberian birds over the Ganges | picture by Aeron Paul

Birds fly all the way from Serbia to Varanasi in winters. Birds such as northern pintail, reddish shelduck, Cormorant, bar-headed geese and golden pheasant etc can be spotted at the Ghats. Tourists visit Varanasi to capture the beauty of these birds while they glide over the Ganges.

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Morning boat rides are fun! | picture by Pedro Perestrello

It’s okay if birds are not your thing, morning boat rides with a sip of tea are always fun here. Oh! and don’t forget to get a nice picture! 😉

 

6. Malaiyo

Malaiyo is a local winter delicacy made from raw milk and dew drops.Yes, you read it right, dew drops! In winters one can find it everywhere in Varanasi but if you want to taste the real one then you will have to go deep in the streets around the Chowk area. The most famous one is the Malaiyo of Markandey which is in the Thatheri Bazaar near Gopal Mandir and is only available until 11 AM. It’s lip-smacking delicious!

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Malaiyo, the winter delicacy of Varanasi | Picture by Varanasi Eats

We wanted to keep this list short thats why we didn’t put everything here. Otherwise there are so many offbeat places to see and so many cool places to eat street food in Varanasi. But if you’re really that much intrigued to visit then shoot us a message on Instagram (@VaranasiGuru) and we will try to help you out in planning your trip!

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