While most houses around India will be lit up on 7th November for Diwali, another festival of lights will be held on Mathura’s ghats on 23rd November, on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. Preparations are already underway for decorative lighting and fireworks from Ganga Ghat to Dhruv Ghat.
A draft of the plans for the festival was given to ADM Ravindra Kumar and Municipal Magistrate Manoj Singh who has demanded that administration to provide assistance with cleaning, traffic control, security, fireworks etc.
Kartik Purnima is sometimes called Dev Deepawali. The gods are said to be sleeping throughout the four months of Chaturmas, which includes Deepawali, and awaken only on Devotthan Ekadashi. Thus they celebrate the festival of lights on Kartik Purnima instead.
Kartik Purnima is also the birthday of Matsya, god Vishnu’s fish-incarnation. It is also the birthday of Vrinda, the personification of the Tulsi plant and of Kartikeya, the god of war and son of Shiva. This day also is considered special for Radha as is believed that Krishna and Radha danced in rasa and Krishna worshiped Radha on this day.