Varanasi will be celebrating Dev Deepawali on November 27, and is all set to transform the whole of Ganga riverfront in Varanasi into a bright spectacle. As per the news reports, more than 12 lakh lamps will be illuminating the iconic site this year; among these, one lakh lamps crafted from cow dung will contribute to the radiant display.
Reports add that the event will not just be limited to traditional lighting; Ganga Dwar of Shri Vishwanath Dham and Chetsingh Ghat will host laser and cracker shows, which will further add a modern touch to the festivities.
Anticipating the influx of visitors, including international tourists, the local administration is leaving no stone unturned in preparations for the grand event. Beyond the cleanliness drive along the ghats, comprehensive arrangements are underway, which are overseen by District Magistrate S Rajalingam, who has directed tourism department officials to collaborate with Dev Deepawali committees.
In a novel move, this year’s celebration will extend its luminosity to the opposite banks of the Ganga. Referring to this, officials have detailed plans to illuminate all 85 ghats with an impressive array of 12 lakh diyas, comprising 11 lakh earthen lamps and an additional 1 lakh diya crafted from cow dung.
Adding to the visual spectacle, a captivating light and sound show on mythology will take place on the historical ghats of Kashi. Deputy Director of the Tourism Department, Rajendra Kumar Rawat, shared insights into this attraction, explaining that a light and sound show featuring holographic projections will grace Chet Singh Ghat. The 25-30 minute show, presented at intervals, will narrate the mythological connection between Lord Shiva and Kashi, combining lasers, lights, and music to offer a unique sensory experience.
Ahead of the festivities, a meeting with boatmen has also been held to emphasise safety measures. Boat operators were reminded not to navigate under the influence, avoid overloading, display passenger capacity, and ensure the presence of safety equipment.
In a proactive move, the police also conducted breathalyser tests for boatmen at various ghats, underscoring the commitment to a safe and joyous celebration of Dev Deepawali in Varanasi.
Source: Times of India