Banganga Festival is a two-day long heritage music festival. The festival, which began in 1992, has a fascinating legend behind it. The name Banaganga which says that Hindu Lord Rama shot a Bana (arrow) and the holy Ganges (Ganga) sent back fresh waters to quench the thirst of her followers.An annual musical extravaganza, this heritage festival is held to promote and attract crowds to landmark sites of the city, especially temples dating back to 6th century B.C., aims to create awareness about conserving heritage sites.
Organised jointly by the Indian Heritage Society and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), the festival also aims to attract foreign tourists apart from the domestic crowd.Apart from the main festivals of Eid, Holi, Deewali and other festivals, which are celebrated, all over India, there are other festivals, which are celebrated locally and regionally in Maharashtra. Songs, dance and mouth watering cuisines accompany almost every festivalsGanesh Chaturthi is the most important festival in Maharashtra. It is celebrated for ten days with huge fun fare.
Banganga Festival, Kalidas Festival, Ellora Festival and Elephanta Festival
are the festivals organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. Classical music and dance are the main attractions of these festivals.Kojagiri Poornima or Ashwin Poornima, Ganga Dashahara, Banganga Festival, Nag Panchami, Wat Pournima, Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti and Palkhi Festival are some of the important festivals of Maharashtra.y