According to astrologers in Varanasi, Dev Deepawali will be celebrated on November 26 this year. Earlier, there was some ambiguity regarding whether it should be observed on November 26 or 27. However, the decision has been made to celebrate Dev Deepawali on the full moon day (Purnima) of Kartik month during the Shukla Paksha, which falls on November 26. It will not be observed on November 27.
The decision was reached during a meeting of the Kashi Vidvat Parishad’s Department of Astrology and Religious Sciences, held at the Brahma Nand Colony in Durgakund. During the meeting, various aspects of the dates were discussed, ultimately concluding that Dev Deepawali will be celebrated excluding the sunrise time or midday (Vyapini), coinciding with the Pradosh Vyapini Purnima. This decision aligns with the scriptures, as Lord Shiva defeated the demon Tripurasura during the evening time, which led to all the gods celebrating Dev Deepawali in Kashi’s temples. Therefore, as per Dharmasindhu and Nirnaya Sindhu scriptures, Tripurotsav will be celebrated on November 26.
In the meeting, various scholars and experts, including Prof. Ramnarayan Dwivedi, President of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust, Deepak Malviya, the members of the trust, Prof. Ramchandra Pandey, and Vinay Kumar Pandey, participated in the discussion. It was emphasized that adherence to the scriptures and uniformity in observing fasts and festivals are essential to avoid any confusion among the public.
Formation of a Panchang Regulation Committee
The Kashi Vidvat Parishad is planning to establish a Panchang (Hindu calendar) Regulation Committee soon. The committee aims to facilitate dialogues among Dharmashastris (religious scholars), astrologers, and calendar publishers to ensure uniformity in dates for festivals and fasts. This initiative is intended to prevent any discrepancies and promote adherence to traditional Hindu practices.
Ganga Ghats to Illuminate with 13 Lakh Diyas
Dev Deepawali will bring a dazzling display to the Ganga ghats, where a total of 13 lakh diyas (lamps) will be lit. The preparations for this grand illumination are already underway. Apart from the regular Ganga ghats, this year, Dev Deepawali will also be celebrated at the Namo Ghat, where one lakh diyas will be lit. The city is all set to celebrate Dev Deepawali with enthusiasm and fervor, with approximately 10 lakh diyas to illuminate the 85 Ganga ghats, including Namo Ghat. Additionally, three lakh diyas will be lit on the other side of the Ganga. The organizers are making rapid preparations, ensuring the availability of mustard oil for lighting the lamps. The grand celebration of Dev Deepawali in Kashi, which blends tradition, grandeur, and modernity, is expected to cost around 25 lakhs.
Dev Deepawali, also known as the “Festival of Lights of the Gods,” is celebrated with great pomp and devotion in Varanasi. It involves lighting thousands of lamps along the ghats of the Ganges River to honor Lord Shiva and seek His blessings. The festival is observed on the full moon day of the Kartik month in the Hindu calendar, and it attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists to the holy city of Varanasi every year.