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Dev Diwali - Importance - Puja Date in 2018

Dev Diwali is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Kartik in a traditional Hindu calendar and is the Diwali of the Devas or Gods. Dev Diwali 2018 date is November 22 and it is an important festival in Gujarat and other parts of North India. Tulsi Vivah ritual comes to end on the day. The day also marks the end of the Chatur Maas period.

Dev Diwali Maharashtra - Please note that in some regions Dev Diwali is observed on the first day of Margashirsh month especially in Maharashtra.

Dev Diwali also marks the end of the Diwali celebrations. An important ritual on the day is the lighting of Diyas (lamps) after the sighting of the moon.

Legend

Legend has it that Lord Vishnu returned to Vaikunta, his abode, on this day after the Vamana incarnation and visiting King Bali.

Another legend has it that Lord Shiva killed three demons, who spreading Adharma and killing innocent people, and destroyed the three cities built by the demons on Dev Diwali day. Therefore the day is also known as Tripurari Purnima.

Dev Diwali in Varanasi

The annual Ganga Mahotsav is observed during the period and the 87 ghats in Kashi is decorated with thousands of diyas.

The popular belief is that Lord Shiva defeated Tripurasuras on the day. To celebrate the victory of Lord Shiva all the Devas arrive at Varanasi on the Dev Diwali day. 

Holy dip is taken in Ganga on the day. Pujas are offered Shiva and Goddess Ganga.

The famous Akashadeep festival in Varanasi Ghats also comes to an end on the day.