- Festivals of Varanasi

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Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage place for the Hindus. The rich cultural heritage and tradition of Varanasi makes it the cultural capital of India. For ages, Varanasi has been a center of learning of Indian philosophy, spiritualism, mysticism and other branches of education. Varanasi is essentially a melting pot of Indian culture. In Hindu religion, it is believed that one, who dies and is cremated at Varanasi, gets an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births. Being associated with Hindu traditions and religion.

By virtue of its religious and cultural importance, Varanasi is abuzz with fairs and festivals all round the year. Almost every month, some important festival is celebrated in Varanasi. Besides festivals and holidays, many "Melas" or fairs are also held at Varanasi. At Varanasi, fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor and are symbolic of celebration of life at its best. It's not important to make itinerary according to the dates and months as one can come and enjoy the festive season of Varanasi anytime of the year!

Varanasi, Banaras, Benaras or Kashi is the much admired pilgrimage and tourist place in India for the Hindus all over the world. Varanasi is full of prosperous cultural customs and traditions which makes this city a “Cultural and Traditional Capital of India”.

It is believed that from the era of God (when Varanasi city was created by God), Varanasi city has become the biggest center for learning Indian philosophy, classical music, spiritualism, religious studies and other education. According to Hindu religion, it is considered that Benaras is the melting pot of the Indian culture. It is also believed by pilgrims that the person who is cremated at Varanasi after his natural death, he will ultimately get rid of from the sequence of the births and re-births because he gets intermingled into the Lord Shiva. Varanasi is the city of temples, muths and ashrams because of its linking with the variety of Hindu traditions and religious activities.

Varanasi has religious and cultural importance by its pilgrims so it has become the great center for a variety of fairs and festivals of the whole year. At least two or three festivals held here every month, some are celebrated at Ganga ghats, some at temples, ashrams or muths. People at Varanasi are very happy while celebrating festivals or go to any fair, they celebrate festivals with cheerfulness and great passion. On the occasion of festivals a large crowed of pilgrims stay here in Varanasi and live their each moment of life very happily and peacefully. The festive atmosphere of Varanasi is continued to go on the whole year without ending.

The festivals and fairs which celebrate in Varanasi are:
•    Diwali
•    Ganga Mahotsav
•    Dev Diwali
•    Buddha Mahotsav / Buddha Purnima
•    Maha Shivaratri
•    Hanuman Jayanti
•    Ramlila
•    Bharat milap
•    Nakkatayya
•    Dhrupad mela
•    Panch Koshi Parikrama
•    Nag nathaiya
•    Bhai Duj/Chitragupt Jayanti
•    Choti Diwali
•    Dhanteras
•    Main Diwali
•    Padwa
•    Kumbh Mela
•    Govardhan Puja
•    Holi
•    Rathyatra
•    Chhath pooja
•    Dussehera/Vijaya Dashami/Maha Navami/Maha Ashtami/Rama Navami
•    Krishna Janmasthmi
•    Saraswati pooja/vasant panchami
•    Durga pooja
•    Durga ashtami
•    Sawan mela
•    Shilp mela
•    Burhwa Mangal
•    Vishwakarma pooja
•    Balmiki jayanti
•    Makar Sankranti/ khichadi/festival of kites
•    Tulsi Vivah
•    Naag panchami/Guga navami
•    Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayak Chaturthi
•    Karavachauth in Varanasi
•    Raksha bandhan
•    Christmas
•    Easter
•    Id
•    Muharram
•    Pitra Visarjan
•    Ghandhi jayanti
•    Mahavir Jayanti
•    Guru Ravidas jayanti
•    Guru Nanak jayanti/Kartik Poornima
•    Navami pooja
•    Lakshmi Puja/Kumara Purnima
•    Hartalika Teej
•    Vaisakhi mela
•    Dr. B R. Ambedkar’s Nirwan Diwas
•    Anant chaturdasi
•    Ganga Dashahara

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