New Delhi: Kashi was resplendent with an enthralling spectacle of light and colour on the occasion of Dev Deepavali on Monday with lakhs of earthen lamps (diyas) illuminating the 8 kilometre long banks of the Ganga while their images floated in the river as people from all over the world stood captivated by the heavenly sight, shouting with joy and chanting “Har Har Mahadev”.
At all of the significant ghats, a spectacular ‘aarti’ was performed along with the clanging of bells to welcome the deities to the land of Kashi. On the occasion of Dev Deepawali, a scintillating laser show was also organised, along with eco-friendly fireworks. A tribute was also paid to the brave soldiers of the nation by creating a replica of ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ at Dashashwamedh Ghat while a group of girls offered prayers to ‘Ganga Maa’ during the ‘Maha Aarti.’
It is worth mentioning here that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken stock of the preparations for Dev Deepawali celebrations on Sunday evening and had also given necessary instructions to the officials to ensure no inconveniences to the people by facilitating traffic movement and ensuring their safety and security during the celebrations.
Kashi illuminated by 21 lakh lamps
On Dev Deepawali, almost 21 lakh “diyas” (earthen lamps) lit up Kashi city, of which, crescent shaped banks were illuminated by more than 10 lakh diyas, 84 ghats on the west bank by eight lakh diyas while two lakh diyas were lit on the sands of the east bank.
Apart from this, from the ‘Dham of Markandeya Mahadev’ situated on the banks of Ganga-Gomti, to the river bank near ‘Shool Tankeshwar temple’ was decorated with attractive 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 as well as Shastri Ghat of Varuna river were illuminated by lakhs of diyas.
All temples lit up with diyas in Kashi
All the temples of Kashi were beautifully lit up for Dev Deepawali, including even the electric poles on streets. Additionally, people enjoyed eco-friendly fireworks that took place in front of Kashi Vishwanath Dham across the Ganga. Maha Aartis and Ghats were broadcast live at six locations throughout the city.
SCO countries joined celebrations
With the efforts of PM Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath, Dev Deepawali of Varanasi is being celebrated with great fervour each year. Recently, Varanasi was declared the cultural and tourism capital for one year by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). On Dev Deepawali, one of the countries from SCO, Russia and two members from Kyrgyzstan witnessed the grand ‘Dev Deepawali’.
Kashi Vishwanath Dham decorated with 50 tonnes of flower
Kashi Vishwanath temple complex was decorated with 50 tonnes of flowers on Dev Deepawali. For this, Rs 80 lakh was spent by the government. According to Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma, the decorator of Visakhapatnam voluntarily took the initiative to decorate the temple. The entire temple complex was decorated attractively as per the vision of the Chief Minister.
Varanasi divided into 9 zones, 6 sectors and 32 sub-sectors for security
The Varanasi Commissionerate Police had made elaborate arrangements for effective crowd management at the ghats on Dev Deepawali. According to Commissioner Police Varanasi, A Satish Ganesh, security arrangements were made at seven levels in Kashi on Dev Deepawali. Complete preparations were done regarding the safety of the ghats, river, roads, traffic system management, emergency management, and inter-departmental coordination. Apart from this, the police personnel were deployed by dividing the city into 9 zones, 16 sectors and 32 sub-sectors.