The month-long ritual Akashdeep (skylight) started in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 10 October 2014 to honour the soldiers who laid down their lives for the motherland since Independence in 1947.
The month-long ritual is observed by lighting up the lanterns dedicated to fallen soldiers on the banks of River Ganges in Varanasi. The ritual is observed in the Hindu month of Karthik every year by peoples from all walks of life.
The ritual dates back to the ancient rimes, when it was observed to honour the sacrifices of the dead soldiers in the epic Mahabharata war. But it was rekindled in Varanasi after Kargil war in 1999 with Pakistan.
Who: Akashdeep ritual
When: 10 October 2014