In simple words Mahostsav means great festival or event. Therefore Ganga Mahotsav is the great celebration that takes place in the state of Varanasi where the river Ganga flows.
As we all know that India is one of the most culturally, ethically, traditionally, religiously gifted and wealthy area of the world. Due to the high influence of Hindu religion and its dominance the umpteenth number of Hindu Gods and goddesses need to be felicitated and therefore this results in the existence of large number of festivals and celebrations in a given year.
Moreover these festivals also have the tendency of being named differently in different states according to linguistic basis or the beliefs and the style of worshiping in that particular area.
Ganga Mahotsav is celebrated in Varanasi or Kashi. Varanasi is considered or believed to be one of the oldest living cities in the world and is also considered as one of the places with a rich history of Gods and Goddesses. As we all know that Ganga is considered as the purest river amongst the Hindus, all the more reasons to celebrate this festival in the river Ganga and in the city of Varanasi.
Due to the huge throngs of people whirl pooling in this city during various festivals and due to the presence of that holy and religious environment, this city is also considered as the cultural capital of India.
This city is highly filled with numerous temples and shrines and places of worship. Highly covered with the sound of bhajans and the chanting of mantras, this place is totally a place to be for any spiritual lover.
Keeping in mind the importance and the beauty of the place Varanasi, the tourism department of Uttar Pradesh makes arrangement for the celebration of this festival every year.
This festival is a five day long festival and it is totally one of the most glamorous five days in Varanasi as far as festivals are concerned.
Imagine the large throngs of crowd all looking to enjoy the festive environment and the religious environment during that particular time. The sound of bhajans, satsangs, the music of the instruments like tablas and tambourines and the murmurings of large number of pundits and pujaris totally creates an atmosphere which is incomparable for any religiously bent individual.
What adds to the beauty is the number of diyas and lights that are left to float on the river that totally illuminates the place and the smell of incense and dhoops all make this entire atmosphere out of the world.
This five day festival surely is one of the most happening festival or an event that has religious essence to it. Ganga being the holy river for the Hindus and also Varanasi being a holy place Ganga Mahotsav is perfection personified.
Imagine the illumination of thousands of diyas and lights with the sound of bhajans and hymns followed by the large throngs of crowd having their own religious time, truly a spectacular “India-religious festival” moment and this continues for five days. This festival truly makes Varanasi the cultural hub and the cultural capital of India.