Maha Shivratri in Varanasi

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3 Days / 2 Nights

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Daily Tour

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English, Hindi

The most important night of the year in Kashi is Maha Shivratri, also known as the Great Night of Shiv. It is observed on the moonless night of the new moon during the Phalgun Maas in the North Indian Hindu calendar. In contrast, the same day is kept in the South Indian Hindu calendar during the Maagh Maas Krishna Paksha.

Though Shivratri falls on the fourteenth of every lunisolar month of the Hindu calendar, the one in late Winter and before the entrance of Summer (February/March) has the highest spiritual significance.

There are several famous legends surrounding this festival. The most important aspect of the celebration is that it commemorates Shiv and Parvati’s marriage.

On this day, two devotees are costumed as Shiv and Parvati, and the entire audience is dancing behind them. It is not only a one-day event but all of Kashi Vishwanath temple’s wedding rituals are also executed with grandeur via a series of festivities.

The major participants are the temple’s Mahant Family, who host rites such as Tilak on Basant Panchami, Haldi a day before Mahashivratri, marriage on Maha Shivratri, and Gauna on Rang Bhari Ekadashi. All ceremonies are carried out on a silver statue of Lord Shiva with five heads and Parvati alongside him.

The Mahant Family owns two Kashi Vishwanath ceremonial idols, one for Mahashivratri and the other for Rang Bhari Ekadashi. Finally, after the wedding, the Mahant performs Kanyadaan. Along with all of the ceremonies, many types of Shringar are performed on this occasion, culminating with the Jhoola Shringar of the Lord.

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Day 1: Arrival and Ganga Aarti

Pick up from the airport/train station and check into the hotel. Prepare to have one of the most unforgettable evenings of your life as you are transported to the River Ganges. Have fun with Ganga Aarti. Experience spiritualism in the Ganga Ghats (river front). On a boat, you may experience the Ganga Arti (optional and by own cost as evening Boat ride cost is not included in packages). Staying at a hotel in Varanasi for the night

Day 2: Temple Tour with Kashi Vishwnath

Day 3 (Airport/Railway Station Transfer)

After breakfast, Hotel Check-out and transfer to airport or railway station with remarkable and positive memories of the whole Kashi.

  • 3 Days / 2 Nights
  • Breakfast
  • One A/C Vehicle Pvt. Basis
  • Sightseeing
  • Ganga Aarti
  • Parking & Toll
  • Boat Ride
  • Entrance Ticket

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