We have had our Deepavali, the festival most celebrated by Hindus the world over.
Now it is time for Dev Deepavali – Deepavali for our 33,000 Devis and Devtas.
The Kartik Purnima which this year falls on the same day [7th November] is also referred as Dev Deepavali, because this is the day Lord Shiva-ji destroyed Tripura Asura and restored peace for our many Devis and Devtas.
Celebrations of Dev Deepavali are most prominent in Varanasi, Sri Shiva’s favourite place on Earth, and home of the first divya Shivling, Vishwanath.
This is the day our Devis and Devtas descend from their Loks to Varanasi. It coincides with the final Kartik Snaan in Ganga River in parts of Northern India or snaan in other holy rivers. During Kartik Snaan – devotees are encouraged to bathe in holy rivers around India, or where practical in their own countries. In parts of Varanasi devotees hold Deepavali-like celebrations - light diyas/deepaks and fire crackers to welcome the Devis and Devtas.
Purnima, as mentioned is the finest day for worship, making offerings, japa and recital of holy granths (scriptures)to please all our Devis and Devtas.
On this day of Kartik Purnima, it is considered the best of them all because of this month’s significance to both Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and various other Devis and devtas. The day marks the end of a month, full of celebrations from Karva Chauth, Deepavali, Govardhan Puja, Dhanteras, Hanuman Jyanti, Bhaiya Dhooj, Tulsi Vivah, Akshay Naumi. This is also said to be the time when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Matsya avatar (fish avatar) to save the Vedas from being drowned in the oceans by the demon Sankha Asura.
Vikram Somvat 2067
Hindus of North Indian origin and parts of Gujerat celebrate the start of their New Year a day after celebrating Deepawali. It is the day after Sri Ram returned to Ajoydhya after 14 years in exile with his wife, Sri Sita-ji and brother, Latchman.
Named after ancient king, the Vikram Somvat begins on this day and so we're now into 2065
Tulsi Vivah, Monday 3rd November
Ardent Vaishno devotees light a diya under the holy Tulsi plant every day of this month. It is said in Padma Puran that Lord Vishnu and his avatars are easily pleased by the worship of Tulsi plant in this month.
Since the killing of her husband, Jalandar by Sri Hari Vishnu and Sri Shiva-ji, Tulsi Vrinda Devi was promised that once a year, Sri Vishnu will wed her during this month of Kartik on the 12th day of the new moon.
Kartik month is a time of the year we must all make the most of. It is a time when we can cleanse ourselves of impurities and bring light, goodness and prosperity into our lives.
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