Ramlila at Ramnagar

It was Sant Tulsidas who started Ramlila in Ramnagar. He was one of the most important poets in Hindi and is known for Ramcharit Manas, or the Story of Rama. Written in a local dialect, this poem is recited daily by millions of Hindus who seek purity and peace in their lives. The Ramnagar ki Ramlila uses the lyrics of the Manas and many people say that this form of Ramlila is also the creation of Tulsidas. The tradition of staging the Ramlila at Ramnagar, Varanasi, which lies across the Ganges River from the Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi, was started in ca 1830 by Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh, Kashi Naresh with the help of Pandit Laxmi Narayan Pandey's family (present Vyas ji of the Ramlila of Ramnagar). It rose in popularity during the reign of his successor Maharaj Isvari Prasad Singh, and received continued patronage from the su...Read more>>


Nakkatiya is an important and historical festival of Varanasi, held in the month of October or November at Chetganj Varanasi. Nakkatiya is a Role of Ramayana When Lord Ram's in Forest. Surprankha is come and want to Accept Lord Ram to accept her as a wife, but Lord Ram is Promisied to Devi Sita to Marry with one wife in this life. Nakkatiya is a Histrocial Festival Where you see Role played by Girls or boys of surpankha and Lakhshman .When Ram did not accept her Offer of marry with her then she go to near at Lakhsman to ask for marry but lakhsman is very Angry on her and they attack on her with their sword and cut the nose of her. This role is played by Varanasi local people from years and celebrate as a Festival in Varanasi.You can come to enjoy it time of Vijayadashami (Dashahara). ...Read more>>

Bharat Milap

To attend the “Bharat Milap” is an important and historical festival of Varanasi, held in the month of October or November, a day after the festival of Vijayadashami (Dashahara). Bharat Milap is celebrated to commemorate Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and his reunion with his brother, Bharat. People celebrate this festival in the essence of victory of the truth and good over evil. The story of Lord Ram is the main theme of Valmiki's Ramayana and Tulsidas' Ram Charita Manas. Bharat Milap festival is held at Nati Imli, Varanasi is one of the greatest attractions of Varanasi city. Bharat Milap or Ramlila is not just an act but an embodiment of the religious text. Another interesting part of Bharat Milap celebration is the presence of Kashi Naresh with all his royal belongings and ceremonial dress...Read more>>

Shiv Barat

Varanasi is considered the city of Lord Shiva; Mahashivaratri festival holds immense importance here. Mahashivaratri (the great night of Shiva) falls on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight of Phalguna (February/March) and is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. Mahashivaratri festival is purely religious in nature and observed by all Hindus. On the occasion of Mahashivaratri, all Shiva temples of Varanasi are tastefully decorated. On the day Of Mahashivaratri, a marriage procession of Lord Shiva is taken out starting from Mahamrityunjaya Temple, Daranagar to Kashi Vishwanath Temple is Called Shiv Barat. ...Read more>>

Maha Shivratri

Varanasi is dotted with a large number of temples. Maha Shivratri in Varanasi is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva, the presiding deity in most of these temples. This festival is particularly popular with women who pray to the lord to be blessed with a husband like him. In Indian mythology, Shiva is an ascetic god which is why ascetics also participate whole heartedly in the worshipping and merry making. History of the Maha Shivratri in Varanasi: According to legend, Lord Shiva is the savior of our world. A pot of poison emerged from the depths of the ocean. This frightened the gods because this venom would harm the whole world. Shiva drank the poison to protect the whole world but he adroitly held it in his throat instead of swallowing it. This gave him the name of Nilkantha or blue throated. The festival is celebrated to mark this...Read more>>

Nag Nathaiya (Tulsi Ghat)

Legend of the Nag Nathaiya: Nag Nathaiya festival was first started in the 16th century by the great saint Tulsi Dasa on the banks of River Ganges, now known as Tulsi Ghat in the Benaras. Once upon a time, Lord Krishna and his friends were playing on the bank of the River Yamuna in Gokul. Suddenly they lost their ball in the river. Children of Gokul asked every passer-by about whereabouts of ball but were clueless. Then they guessed that their ball might have fallen in River. Then Lord Krishna jumped into the river to search for the ball. In the river he was confronted with the noxious snake King Cobra, known as the Kaliya Nag. Those days, villagers of Gokul were much afraid of Kaliya for long time. The conflict went long between the Kaliya Nag and Lord Krishna. Finally, Kaliya realized the power of Krishna and then he accepted his def...Read more>>

Holi Festival

Holi is a festival of colors which brings a lot of happiness, joy and makes everyone’s life more colorful. People enjoy the festival of holi every year in the Varanasi city and all around the country to have great joy. Holi is the indication of advent of spring season where everyone flooding out on the street to rejoice together this great occasion without having a little bit tension of their economic status. The main day of the holi festival is celebrated in many regions by a number of names called as Dhuli (Sanskrit name), Dhulandi, Dhulendi and Dhulheti. People make a heap of the wood and burn that heap indicating the burning Holika (Holika Dahan) with the Prahlad. Devotees make a prayer at that place and hug each other to offer respect and enjoy festival. People then apply the ash (from burned Holika) on their forehead. Next ...Read more>>

Durga Puja

The Hindu Goddess Durga is the goddess of power and the mother of all female deities. For ten days, Durga tents and Shrines go up all around the city, housing statues of Durga or enactment of her, slaying the evil demon, Mahishasura, who aimed to take over the world. Durga Puja is famous for beautiful pandals. Every year, puja organizers come up with myriad themes to surprise and delight the visitors with creative concepts and ideas. TOI takes a tour of most creative, attractive and unique pandals across the city. Known for its creative skills and desire to present something new every year, the 38-year old pandal of Baageshwari Devi Durga Puja Samiti at Jaitpura has been drawing a milling crowd. This time around, the pandal theme revolves around Bhool Bhulaiya, a labyrinth of about seven passages to surprise the devotees, give a fee...Read more>>

Kali puja

Mother Kali's statue was established in Pandey Haveli, Sonarpura, Bhelupura area of Banga Durgapuja Pandals in the city. A huge statue of Mother Kali has been set up in the newly consortium of Devnath Pura. In the narrow streets of Benares, there is a matter of establishing a 13-feet-long black statue for worship. In addition to the Jim Sporting Club located at Sonnarpura, Wani Sangha, Bhelupur, there are many other places in the city, where Kali is worshiped. About Kali Pooja In other Places of India: Kali Puja, also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja, is a festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month Kartik especially in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and Bangladesh.It coincides with the pan-Indian Lakshmi Puja day of Diwali. While the Bengalis, Odias, Assamese and Mait...Read more>>

Nav Devi (Navratri)

Navaratri means nine nights, celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga during nine nights and ten days. Nine forms of Devi Shakti are worshiped with puja and fasting by Hindus and also celebrated all over Nepal. The festival i celebrated for nine nights and each night dedicated to nine different forms of Shakti or Hindu deity maa Durga.Varanasi is the only place in India where all the 9 temples of 9 Devi Durga of Navaratri are located.   Maa Shailputri Temple,Varanasi Is worshipped on the very first day of Navratri and is the absolute form of Mother Nature. Shailaputri is the daughter of Himalaya and rides on mount Nandi bull. Shailputri Temple is located Marhia Ghat of Varanasi .   Brahmacharini Temple, Varanasi Goddess Brahmacharini worshipped on the second day of Navratra and The goddess wears white...Read more>>

Panchkoshi Parikrama

Panch Koshi Parikrama is the most significant festival for women in India. It is said that Panch Koshi Parikrama completes only if someone visits all 5 sites decided by Religious Priests of Hindu Religion. These 5 places are Kardmeshwar, Shivpur, Rameshwar, Bhimchandi and Kapildhara. How is Panch Koshi Parikrama performed in Varanasi? This parikrama has great importance from the ancient time and known for its elaborate ritualistic practices of taking rounds of all 5 places spread across India. The procession of Panch Koshi Parikrama starts from the Manikarnika Ghat at Varanasi as well as ends at the same ghat. Women in Varanasi wake up very early in the morning and start their parikrama after taking a holy bath in the sacred water of river Ganges at the Manikarnika Ghat. They wear new clothes while taking parikrama of the five places...Read more>>

Kushti & Akhadas in Varanasi

Tulsi Akhara of Varanasi, in particular, is the most famous one and has produced many famous pehalwans (wrestlers) in the past and hence is also the most famous one. Not just Akhara, kushti is extremely popular in many other North Indian cities like Mathura, and Agra, among others. The Naag Panchami festivity was marked by wrestling events held at various akhadas in the city on Wednesday. The 'Akhadas' - an arena of ancient tradition of Indian 'Kusti', which has been the pride of Banaras culture. ...Read more>>

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Buddha. Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti is celebrated with traditional religious fervor. Buddha Purnima falls on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Vaisakh (April/May). Lord Buddha was born on the Full Moon day in the month of Vaisakh in 563 BC. Here, it is interesting to note that Buddha achieved enlightenment and nirvana (salvation) on the same day (the Full Moon day). Thus, Buddha Purnima also marks the death anniversary of Gautam Buddha. Sarnath holds an important place in Buddhism as Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath. On the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, a large fair is held at Sarnath and the relics of the Buddha are taken out for public display in a procession. Besides Sarnath, the Buddha Purnima is also celebrated with religious fervor at Gaya an...Read more>>

Dev Deepawali

Dev Deepawali is celebrated on the occasion of Kartik Poornima when the Ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of Diyas (earthen lamps). Dev Deepavali, celebrated on the fifteenth day of Diwali, is a tribute to river Ganga by the people of Varanasi. Dev Deepavali is held on the full moon day in the month of Kartik (also known as Kartik Purnima) and is observed with great fanfare and feasts. It is believed that on the day of Dev Deepavali, the Gods descend on Earth. It is interesting to note that the Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Jain light festival and Guru Nanak Jayanti. To mark the occasion and also to showcase the cultural heritage of Varanasi, the Uttar Pradesh Tourism department organizes a four-day Ganga Mahotsav around this period. A large number of Hindu devotees start assembling from the day of the Prabo...Read more>>



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