Ganga Mahotsav in Varanasi

Location

Celebrated at most of the Ghats but official celebration is held at Dashashwamedha Ghat

When: From Prabodhini Ekadashi to Kartik Purnima in the month of October or November or December

Highlights

The festival is four-day long celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Varanasi with excellent cultural programs and local martial arts. This festival is organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department. Ganga Mahotsav is celebrated every year from Prabodhini Ekadashi to Kartik Purnima in the month of October or November or December and it concludes with the festival of lights, "Dev Deepavali" when more than a million earthen lamps are lit on the Ghats of Ganga and one can see celebrations all over the place. Large number of Hindu devotees start assemble from the day of the Prabodhini Ekadasi (the eleventh day of the fortnight) to celebrate this festival. The official celebration is usually held on the Dashashwamedha Ghat. On the occasion of the Ganga Mahotsava, reputed artists and performers from all over the country come and perform, making the celebrations more eventful and imparts an unforgettable experience.

Ganga Mahotsav is a festival which is unique and certainly doubles the attraction of this city of Temples, Ghats and traditions. As classical music fills the atmosphere, a charisma seems to envelop the environment creating a mood which is both celestial and soulful. Attraction of this five-day long Ganga Mahotsav is its message of faith and culture. The unique Dev Deepawali with innumerable ‘Diyas’ or earthen lamps, lit by devotees and floated down the river on the full moon night of Kartik is a spectacle both mystical and heart winning.