Sankat Mochan Music Festival in Varanasi

Location: Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, a sacred temple of Hindu God Hanuman.

When: Celebrated on Hanuman Jayanti in the month of March or April.


Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple celebrates Hanuman Jayanti on the occasion of birth day of Hanuman with great eagerness. Special Pooja and Aarti, and a public procession is organized. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple also organizes a five day classical music and dance festival titled Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh or Sankat Mochan Music Festival in this period, when iconic artists from all parts of India are invited to perform. First Sankat Mochan Music Festival was organized in 1923 and since then it attracts numerous enthusiasts of Indian classical music and dance world, including Odissi guru, Kelucharan Mahapatra, who was associated since its early days. In fact he was instrumental in starting women's participation in the festival with Sanjukta Panigrahi, Swapna Sundari and Kankana Banerjee.

Sankat Mochan Music Festival is an all night long music festival which goes on for four nights. India Classical Music maestros from all over come to participate to showcase their skills and consider it as an honour. This Music Festival has attracted numerous maestros of Indian classical music and dance world, including vocalist Pandit Jasraj, Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj. Programs and plays based on Hanuman Charitra (character) and works of Ram & Saraswati are also organized. The festival provides an opportunity for the tourists to enjoy the rich tradition of Indian Music.