FAIRS & FESTIVALS

BUDDH PURNIMA - SARNATH
RAMLEELA - RAMNAGAR
DHRUPAD MELA
HANUMAN JAYANTI
BHARAT MILAP - ( AT NATI IMLI )
NAKKATAYA - ( AT CHETGANJ )
NAG NATHAIYA
MAHASHIVRATRI
PANCH KOSHI PARIKRAMA
GANGA MAHOTSAV

BUDDHA PURNIMA - SARNATH

This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Buddha with trditional religious fervour. A large fair is held at Sarnath and the relice of the Buddha are taken out for public display in a procession on this day.

RAMLEELA - RAMNAGAR

The unique Ramleela of Ramnager performed in the pageant style, was started about 1830 by Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh of Banaras, and has today become famous the world over. Thousends gather to see the enactments during months of sep.- oct.

DHRUPAD MELA

A five days music festival of Dhrupad is performed by renowned artistes at Tulsi Ghat. It is very popular among foreign tourists.

BHARAT MILAP (at Nati Imli)

Celebreting Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after 14th years of exile and his reunion with his brother Bharat, this festivel is held the day following Dussehra. Attended by the Kashi Naresh resplendent in regal finery, the festival attracts a large number of devotlees.

NAKKATAYYA (At Chet Gang)

Showing a story from Ramayan in which Surpanakha- the sister of Ravan- comes to entice Ram and then Lakshman. But Lakshman cuts her nose and she goes back crying. This act is enacted as a stage- play during mid oct. in the locality of Chetgung. Numerous processions and tableaux are also carried out on the occasion.

MAHASHIVARATRI

On this day every Shiv Mandir is decorated. In Varanasi a marriage procession of Lord Shiva is taken out starting from Mahamrityunjaya Temple, Daranagar to Kashi Vishwanath Temple via Chowk. nagnathaya.jpg (10547 bytes)

NAG NATHAIYA LEELA

In a performance, Lord Krishana jumps into Ganga for Nag Nathan at the local Tulsi Ghat. It is famous as Nag Nathaiya Leela . Many people congregate to see this event, held during the months of Nov.-Dec.

PANCH KOSHI PARIKRAMA

It has a special importance in the ancient Parikrama of India, starting and finishing at ManiKarnika Ghat. Each Parikrama passes through five places: Kardmeshwar, Bhimchandi, Rameshwar, Shivpur & Kapil Dhara.

HANUMAN JAYANTI

Jannotsav of Lord Hanuman is celebrated at Sankat Mochan Temple for five days with cultural & musical programmes by renowned artistes from all over India.

GANGA MAHOTSAV

Ganga Mahotsav, the tourism festival of Varanasi is celebrated every year from Prabodhani Ekadashi toA dance presentation at Ganga Mahotsav Kartik Purnima in the month of Oct.-Nov. The festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Varanasi. Apart from the excelent cultural programmes and country boat race, displaying of marital arts also takes place. The concluding day coincides with the unique traditional festival of Dev Deepavali (light festivel of Gods), when more than a million erthen lamps (Diyas) are lit on the Ghats of Ganga.



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LIST of Fairs & Festivals in Banaras
Chaitra:- Bhadra:-
New-year(Vikram), Navratri Started Bheemchandi Darshan, Vishwalakshi Yatra
GunGaur, Matasyavtar Kajari Teel Bahula Chautha(manasa Devi Puja)
Ram Raja Mahotsav Lalahi Chhatha, Halkhashthi-Balram Mahotsav
Suryakhashthi, Skandkhashthi Krishna Janashtami okulashtami, Nandotav, Durvashtami
Oli(Jain) Barah Awtar, Hartalika Teej, Barah Jainti
Ramnavami Thelwa Chautha, Ganesh utsaw
Mahavir Jainti (Jain) Rishi panchami, Bhartendu Jainti,
Hanuman Jainti Lolarak Khashthi, Dev Khashthi, Krikunda Kajari Fair
Bashakh:- Sarohiya Fair, Sri Chadra Jainti, Dashawer vrata
Panchkroshi Yatra Vaman Dradawsi
Kachchap Jainti Annat Chaturdasi, Ramleela Started, Ratan Trayvrata
Maha Prabhu Ballabhacharya Jainti Nanadi Sradh, Lokpal Puja, UmaMaheshwer Vrata,
Amavas Satudan Pritpaksh, Vishwakarma Puja, Lalita devi Yatra,
Chhatrapati Shiva Ji Jainti Jeevit Putrika Vrata, Maha Lakshmi Darshan, Matri Navami,
Akshay Tritiya, Parshuram Jainti, Jhanjhaer Kshata Dan Pritra visarjan, Mhalaya
Adi Shankeracharya Jainti Aswan:-
Ramanuja Charya Jainti Shardiya Navratri Started, shailputri Darshan,
Ganga Spatami, Shahanai Dangal Braham Charani Darshan, ChitraGhanta Darshan,
Janki Jainti, Kuwer Singh Jainti Kushmada Darshan.
Narsingh Chaturdashi Skanda Mata Darshan, Upang Lalita Vrata,
Badhha Jainti, Kurma Jainti, Sarnath-Fair, Buddha Purmina Katyayani Darshan, Akal Bodhan Puja, Kal Ratri darshan,
Jyeshtha:- Durga-Puja Utsav, Mahanisha Puja, Maha Gauri Darsha,
Fair- Jangi Miya Durga-ji Fair, Sindha Puja, Sidhidhtri Darshan Mahanavami
But-Savitri, Briksh Puja, Badasait Vrata Vrata, Vijaya Dashami, Nilkantha darshan Shashtra Puja,
Ganga Dashahara, Birthday of Gaga, Gudia Visarjan Shami puja, Ravan Badh, Durga Pratima Visarjan,
Nirjal Akadashi, Gangotsav, Deepotsav, Nakali Lathi Yudha Madhwacharya Jainti, Dashahara, Bharatmelap
Bheemaseni (chhata, Juta, phal, Patra Dan) Kojagari, Maharas, Kaumuri Mahotsav, Sharad Puja,
Sant Kabir Jainti Balmiki Jainti, Lakshami Kuber Pujan.
Ashath:- Kartik:-
Rathyatra -Fair, Shankudhara-Fair Karva Chautha, Nakkataiya (chetganj), Ahoi Ashtami,
Vishnu Shayani, Ekadashi, Guru Purima, Vedbyas darshan, Radha Jainti, Krinshna Lela At Assi Ghat, Goverdhan Puja,
Shivashayanotsav. Dhanterash, Dhanwantri Jsinti, Kameshwer Jainti,
Shravan:- Samundra Manthan, Narak Chaturdashi, Kali Chaturdashi,
Thakurain Teej Hanumant Jainti, Kedar Gauri Vrata, Devali, Lakshami Puja,
NagPanchami Mahavir Nirvan Divas, Annakuta Goverdhan Puja,
Balmik Jainti Ramdwitiya, Bhaiyaduja, Chitragupta Puja, Suryakhashthi
Tulsi Jainti, Putra Akadashi, Jhulontsav Dala Chhatha, Nag-nathaiya at Tulsi ghat, Gopashtami,
Kajali Purima, Rakshabandhan, Akshya Navami(kahada Dan), Nagar Prikarama, Tulsi Byah,
Sarnath-Fair, Durga Ji-Fair Hari Prabodhani Akadashi, Devuthauni, Bhisham Panchak,
Marg-Shirsha:- Mahavinshnu Puja, Kartik Purima, Tripurotsav, GuruNanak
Guru Tej Bahadur Sahadat, Ram Vivah, Skand Khashthi, Jainti, Rath-yatra(Jain), Mukki Dangal, Devdevali.
Champa Khashthi, Mitra Spatami, Surya Sptami, Nanda Falgun:-
Navami, Gita Jainti, Lata Bhanta Fair, Dattatray Jainti, Maha Shivratri, Rangbhari Ekadashi, Swarn Annapurna
Panchkroshi Yatra, Nagar Prikarma Darshan, Govid Drawadashi, Holika Dahan, Holi Yatra,
Pausha:- Chaita:-
Parshwanath Jainti, Guru Govinda Sigh Jainti, Shakambhari Dhul Vandan, Holi, Chausathi Darsan, Rang Panchami,
Jainti, Badri Narayan Puja, Veda byas Fair, Ganesh Chautha Buthawa Mangal Fair, Gulab Vari Chaiti Mahotsav,
Bada Ganesh Fair, Ramanucharya Jainti, Vivekanand Jainti. Vahji Fair-Varuni, Mahavirji, Maha Maha Varuni
Mauni Amawsaya.
Magh:-
Kunr Chauth, Timul Chauth, Basant Panchami, Sri Panchami
Serswati Puja, Takshak Puja, Basantotsav, Ratikamotsav,
Vagishweri Jainti, Achala, Spatmi, Rath Sptami,Bhanu Sptami
Maha Nanda Navmi, Hersubarm Fair, Lala Rajpath Rai Jainti
Guru Ravidass Ji Jainti, Maghi Purima, Kalpvas
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