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Sankat Mochan Music Festival

Indian dancers. Courtesy of India Tourism Office

India Tourism Office
Apr 2009 (annual)
The Sankat Mochan Music Festival is celebrated to mark the birth of the monkey God Hanuman. Festivities are held at the Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi, one of India's most ancient temples, continuing through the night until dawn.
Artists from all over India congregate to perform music and drama. Maestros of Indian classical music often play voluntarily, providing a rare chance for those who might not otherwise be able to afford to hear them play. Plays based on such works as Saraswati, Ram, Krishnalila and Hanuman Charitra are included in the programme.

Be warned, this temple has the most monkeys of any in Varanasi, although they are reported to be of a placid nature - decide for yourself.
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