Banganga Festival is a famous cultural festival that is celebrated at the Banganga Tank which is situated in the Walkeshwar Temple. The temple is located in the foothills of the beautiful and picturesque Malabar in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) which is an effort to promote travel and tourism in the state of Maharashtra. It is a 2-day festival which is observed in the month of January every year. The first Banganga Festival or Banganga Music Festival was held in 1992. In 2020, it is decided to be held on the 12th and 13th of January. It mostly focuses on a classical music concert where big names of the industry grace the stage and entertain the audience. A host of the national and international tourists and music lovers flock to Banganga Tank to attend this quintessential event.
If legends are to be believed, the Banganga Tank was formed by Lord Rama. The sacred texts of Ramayana state that when Lord Rama was in search of his wife Sita(abducted by Ravana), stopped on the hillock of Malabar Hills to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. After worshipping the Lord, he felt thirsty so he shot an arrow from which a tributary of Ganga appeared. Lord Rama quenched his thirst by drinking the holy water of this tributary. Also, Lord Rama erected a Shivalinga that was named “Walluka Ishwar” which is now known as Walkeshwar Temple.
According to another legend, Lord Rama had stayed here for some time on his return from Lanka after winning over Ravan. When Ram happened to visit the place locals asked him for water to perform bath rituals for Shivalinga. Lord Ram shot an arrow (Bana) and water profuse from the holy Ganges itself. The natives were probably Shaivites and since then they started worshipping the Shivalinga (Phallus stone).
The Banganga Tank is situated in the premise of Walkeshwar Temple which was constructed by the monarchs of the Silhara Dynasty between the 9th and 13th centuries. Later, it was destroyed by the Portuguese. Again, it was restored in the year 1715. Then, several rulers constructed various temples dedicated to different Hindu deities.
Hariprasad Chaurasia. One can enjoy the melodious instrumental music produced by famous flautist (Bansuri Vadak) Hariprasad Chaurasia, born on July 01, 1938, he is an acclaimed musician of India from Varanasi.
Ustad Zakir Hussain. A great Tabla virtuoso, percussionist, music producer, Ustad Zakir Hussain perform at Banganga Festival. So, it will be a great event for those who are a fan of his music.
It seems more intriguing for attendees and devotees to experience the majestic event of the ringing of the bells that happens during the musical poem recitation that is written by unknown poets. The aura during the musical poem recitation is awestruck and dwell everyone into the world of oneness and spirituality.
By Air. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport or Mumbai Airport is just 22.5 kilometres away from Banganga via Western Expressway Highway. It will take around one hour to reach. The well-established airport is connected to major cities in India and overseas. The airport is served by several national and international airline services such as Air India, IndiGo, Aeroflot, Bankok Airways, British Airways etc.
By Rail. The nearest railway station is Charni Road Railway Station. If you will take Walkeshwar Road, the distance between Banganga and station is approximately 3 kilometres which can take 15-18 minutes via any local auto, taxi, etc. Another major railway station is Mumbai Central Railway Station which is around 4 kilometres away from Banganga Tank. This railway station is well-routed with other major cities of India such as Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Also, the station is well-connected to roadways of Mumbai. The station is served by frequent trains such as Mumbai Rajdhani, Pune Duronto from Delhi, HWH CSTM Duronto, Gitanjali EXP from Kolkata, and Lokmanya TT EXP, Rajkot EXP from Bengaluru.
By Road. Banganga in Malabar Hills enjoys great connectivity with its neighbouring regions. Also, this area is served by frequent bus service from Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation. Also, one can enjoy the road trip from Mumbai to Malabar Hills is famous for Hanging Gardens, Tower of Silence, Raj Bhavan Tour and many other interesting places to visit.
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12 January 2020 - 13 January 2020
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