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1 lakh diyas, 70 envoys at Dev Deepavali event in Varanasi | Lucknow News

Days after celebrating Deepotsav in Ayodhya where a “world record” of 22 lakh diyas (earthen lamps) were lit on the banks of the Saryu river, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday evening celebrated Dev Deepavali in Varanasi with 21 lakh diyas lit on the ghats of Ganga.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was present in Varanasi with his Cabinet ministers and Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, inaugurated the ceremony that was attended by ambassadors from 70 countries, besides 150 foreign delegates.

“Dev Deepavali has now become a spiritual event not only for Kashi but also for the entire nation. While humans celebrate amavasya as Diwali, the Gods celebrate the full moon on Kartik Purnima as Diwali. Dev Diwali today has been a part of the tradition here for hundreds of years,” the chief minister said.

Welcoming the envoys and foreign delegates, Adityanath credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the event. “It was all due to the Prime Minister that diplomats of 70 countries are present together in Kashi to watch this glorious event,” the CM added.

Prime Minister Modi, who had attended the ceremony two years ago, in a post on X wrote: “Kashi is synonymous with Dev Deepavali and this year as well, the celebrations have been grand. Equally gladdening is the august presence of diplomats from several nations, who have got a glimpse of India’s cultural vibrancy.”

Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of PM Modi.

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On the occasion, the Kashi Vishwanath temple complex was decorated with 11 quintals of flowers. A laser show was organised at the Ganga Dwar, highlighting the construction of the Kashi Vishwanath corridor and the grandeur of the temple, ghats, and the city.

The ‘maha aarti’ at Dashashwamedh Ghat was dedicated to ‘Ram Lalla’ with a glimpse of the upcoming Ram temple in Ayodhya. The aarti was telecast live on the ghats of the Ganga at six places.

A replica of Amar Jawan Jyoti was displayed at the Dashashwamedh Ghat and tribute was paid to the soldiers who were honoured with ‘Bhagirath Shaurya Samman’.

Out of the total 21 lakh diyas, 12 lakh were lit on the ghats on the western bank of the river, and on the sand bank on the eastern side the Ganga. While the state government contributed for 12 lakh diyas, people and voluntary organisations added another 9 lakh diyas.

After attending the ‘maha aarti’, the CM took the diplomats on a river cruise to watch the illuminated ghats and fireworks.

A light-and-sound show on the mythological significance of Kashi (Varanasi) and Lord Shiva was also held.

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