Ganga Mahotsav to begin in Varanasi from Nov 24
Ganga Mahotsav, the five-day-long festival celebrated on the banks of holy river Ganga annually, will commence from November 24 in this religious city of Uttar Pradesh.
Preparations are underway in full swing for the festival that commences on 'Prabodhini Ekadasai' and ends on Dev Deepawali or the full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik', Divisional Commissioner Chanchal Kumar Tiwari said today.
Ganga Mahotsav is expected to be inaugurated by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and will draw to a close in the presence of Governor B L Joshi.
The five-day-long carnival provides a platform that brings together India's finest crafts and culture at one single place. It is a festive introduction to India particularly Uttar Pradesh, where the extensive range of arts, crafts, culture and cuisine are on display.
Sports like boating, kite flying and wrestling are also included in the carnival, he added.
The event that witnesses a huge presence of both national and international tourists, is celebrated at Dr Rajendra Prasad Ghat in Varanasi.
The banks of the Ganga river are lit with earthen lamps or diyas amid chanting of Vedic hymns on the occasion.
Stalwarts like Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Chhanulal Misra, Girija Devi, Bala murli Krishnan, Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, Amjad Ali Khan, Vilayat Khan, Zila Khan, Sujat Khan and Zakir Hussein have added zest to this festival in the past.