Monday, November 12, 2012

Deepavali greetings

Happy Deepavali to all Hindu friends out there.

For anyone who are curious about Deepavali or Diwali, lets check out the description from wikipedia:

Dev Deepawali (Varanasi)

Observed by :  Hindus
Type                 :  Varanasi
Significance :  Tripura Purnima or worship of Lord Shiva
Date                 :  Full Moon day of the Kartik month in the Hindu calendar
2012 date         :  28 November
Celebrations :  Gods descent to the Ganga ghats at Varanasi and aarti for the Ganga River

The Dev Deepavali ("the Diwali of the gods" or "festival of lights of the gods"), the festival of Kartik Poornima is celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It falls on the full moon of the Hindu month of Kartika (November - December) and is 15 days after Diwali. The steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honour of Ganga, the Ganges and its presiding goddess. The gods are believed to descend on earth to bathe in the Ganges on this day. The festival is also observed as Tripura Purnima Snan. The tradition of lighting the lamps on this Dev Deepawali festival day was first started at the Panchganga Ghat, about 25 years ago.

During Dev Deepawali, houses are decorated with oil lamps and coloured designs on the front door, firecrackers are burnt in the night. On this occasion, processions of decorated deities are taken out in the streets of Varanasi and oil lamps are set afloat on the river.

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