The celebration of this festival is the main attraction. I have to say that the city is packed to capacity as all hotels are booked months in advance and it is almost impossible to get a boat at the last minute as everyone loves to see Artie performed at Dashavamedh Ghat in the late evening. … Unlike Haridwar, here Artie is best seen from a boat in Varanasi.
The tradition of lighting lamps on the ghats of the river on the day of the Dev Deepavali festival first originated in Panchganga Ghat in 1985. Basically, it is a five-day festival that begins with Prabodhni Ekadashi and ends with Kartik Purnima.
This festival is also celebrated in the state of Gujarat. The Jains believe that on this day Lord Mahavira left his body, that is, mortal form, and said to achieve moksha (freedom from the circle of birth).
The Sikh community also celebrates this festival as the birthday of Guru Nanak Deva. This year marks the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (he was born on a full moon day in Kartika in 1469). This is also due to the fact that the Kartarpur corridor was opened to visit Gurdwar in Kartarpur in Pakistan, just 4.5 km away. from the Indian border. This place is important because Guru Nanak Ji spent his last 18 years here and took his last breath.
He is also known as Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti. This is the most sacred holiday in Shikhism, since Guru Nanak Ji was born on this day.
Celebrations are especially colorful in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and parts of England and around the world where Sikhs live.
May his message KIRAT KARO (diligently and honestly) WANDA CHAKO (sharing with those in need) and NAAM JAPO (always remembering God) continue to enlighten us all.
I am confident that we can make our lives simple and meaningful by following the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Image from the wildlife of Annamalai Tiger Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Delhi in November 2018 and June 2019, respectively.
Warm greetings to all at Deep Deepavali and Gurupurab!