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dev deepawali | benaras

Published November 19th, 2013

the dev deepavali ("the diwali of the gods" or "festival of lights of the gods") is the festival of kartik poornima celebrated in varanasi, uttar pradesh, india. it falls on the full moon of the hindu month of kartika (november - december) and takes place fifteen 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 to earth to bathe in the ganges on this day.

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preparation

diyas are earthen lamps to be filled with oil and lit in the evening. local people start putting diyas on the ghats from afternoon so that everything gets ready before evening.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/100 sec
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wait

a small boy waits on the steps of the ghat to observe the grand celebration which will start soon.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/40 sec
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"akash pradeep"

sky lanterns are placed to eradicate evil forces away and ease the descend of gods on earth.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/25 sec
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boats

boats wait for tourists to make trips across the river to have the panoramic view of 80 ghats of benaras lit with diyas.

  • November 16th, 2013
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focused

a small girl lights up diyas while others also join in the celebration.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/20 sec
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light within

people all along the ghats participate in lighting up the diyas.

  • November 16th, 2013
  • X-M1
  • 18mm / f/2 / 1/60 sec
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light and shadow

darkness slowly vanish as more and more diyas are lightened up around every corner of the ghats.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/20 sec
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full moon

dev deepawali is observed on full moon day called "kartik purnima". the sight of the moon with lots of diyas on the ghat is ravishing.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/20 sec
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pathway

"akash pradeep" lights up to show the path to gods for their descend journey to earth. diyas also help the cause.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/30 sec
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sparkle

local people celebrate the day with crackers and fireworks.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/2 / 1/320 sec
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the lighted ghats

a panoramic view of all the ghats from the boat on river looks really beautiful with those fireworks above.

  • November 21st, 2010
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/25 sec
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threegether

children spend a joyful evening by lighting diyas along the river.

  • November 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/1.4 / 1/100 sec
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glitter

people visit benaras in huge numbers to observe the beauty of lights from all around the country on this very day.

  • November 21st, 2010
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • 50mm / f/2.8 / 1/50 sec
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burnt

a glorious evening ends and the diyas stay behind burnt and left to decay slowly.

  • November 18th, 2013
  • X-M1
  • 18mm / f/4 / 1/60 sec

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