1. What is Kaashi’s Dev Diwali?
In Varanasi, Dev Diwali is celebrated 15 days after Diwali, on the night of kaartik purnima (the 15th lunar day of Kaartik, ie, November-December).
The Ganga Mahotsav is a five-day long affair. The 87 ghats in Varanasi, spread out over a 7 km radius, are decorated with thousands of diyas. As evening falls, the serene waters of the Ganga reflect the flickering lights, a stunning spectacle that draws tourists from around the world.
Decorating the ghats with diyas is an old tradition, but a shortage of funds resulted in the practice being abandoned for a few years after the whole of panchganga ghat was illuminated all at once in 1989. The tradition was revived in 1993; Gradually, it spread from ghat to ghat, soon becoming an annual event.