The pride of the nation, the Gangetic plains, is one of the most fertile regions of the country. It spreads over a huge geographical area, and that brings along a diverse cultural heritage. It is in celebration of this heritage that the Government of Uttar Pradesh is celebrating the Ganga Mahotsav 2019.
An exclusive Mahotsav Samiti had been established under the state government’s Tourism Department. The primary job of this committee is to oversee the preparation and celebration of this 5-day long festival. With the colorful display of traditions of the city of Varanasi (also known as Kashi in the olden days), a huge number of tourists are attracted to the city these days.
From the 11th day of the month of Kartika, thousands of pilgrims and tourists start to flock to the city of Varanasi. Tiny earthen lamps are used to decorate the entire stretch of the Ganga Ghats. Right from Varuna Ghat To Assi Ghat, one would find the entire area well lit. Rangolis made of flowers, and colored powders adorn the entire stretch of the Ghats. It will not be farfetched to say that the entire city brightens up to festivity during this festival. Here are some unique aspects of the Ganga Mahotsav Varanasi.
If you look up Ganga Mahotsav Wikipedia, you will find that the national Craft Fair is the pride of the event. This 10-day Crafts fair offers a comprehensive window to the handicrafts of the country. This year, artisans from 20 different states are expected to turn up and showcase exquisite handicrafts of their land. Held at the Urban Haat of Chowka Ghat, this exhibition aims to provide tourists a unique opportunity to interact with the craftsmen and learn about the craft directly. You will also find beautiful souvenirs and eco-friendly gifting options that will allow you to take memoirs of Ganga Mahotsav to your living room (and the houses of your near and dear ones).
Traditional Races and Competitions
The Ganga Mahotsav 2019 aims to revive some of our traditional sports by organizing competitions on those. With things like country-boat race and Indian style wrestling being performed as an open competitive sport, the younger generation will be familiarized with our customs. The Ganga Marathon is another sports event that is expected to attract thousands of people. As the traditions of this cultural confluence continue, we can only expect Ganga Mahotsav 2020 to have a greater number of sports events.
Dev Deepavali is celebrated in honor of River Ganges on the 15th day from Diwali. According to the Hindu calendar, that would be the full moon on the month of Kartika (also known as Kartika Purnima). Folklore has it that on this very day, Gods descend on the Earth. The auspicious day of Dev Deepawali begins with the persists chanting Vedic verses to invoke the blessings of the Gods and welcome Goddess Ganga.
As a part of the Ganga Mahotsav, this ritual happens at the crack of dawn simultaneously in the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Kedar Ghat, and other major Ghats of Varanasi. Thousands of pilgrims take a dip in the sacred waters and perform the ritual of Kartika Snan. It is believed to be effective in washing off one’s sins and helping one walk towards salvation. Legend has it that the demon Tripurasur was vanquished on this day by the Devas (Gods). That is why God’s presence can be felt in the waters on this day. The sheer sight of so many people bowing down in humility helps one stay grounded to his roots and return to their hometowns, feeling much rejuvenated.
Ganga Mahotsav 2019 plans to celebrate this day by the worship of Lord Ganesha (in the form of Ganesh Vandana). It will be carried out by 41 girls under the leadership of 21 Brahmins. A Maha Arati will follow this. The Nritya Ganga Program is expected to be the charm of the evening. Kathak, Bharatanatyam, and Odissi exponents from across the country will perform in the Dasaswamedh Ghat. A statue of Goddess Ganga that is 12 feet in height is the highlight of the show, and the cultural extravaganza is centered around it. One will also find several folk artists gracefully performing their art forms and bringing Indian folk culture to life.
Indeed, the city of Varanasi has a tranquil air to it. That is why generations of Indians have come to this place in search of peace. Today, as the society is moving towards a westernized society devoid of values, the Ganga Mahotsav 2019 is a beautiful attempt to bring us closer to our roots. The wonderful conclave of traditional music, art, sports, and devotion to the Supreme Creator will help all of us find our inner peace.
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