Prominent Festivals:-

Ellora Festival

Why ?

  • Its main objective is to put the historical and pictorial sites in and around Aurangabad in the spotlight.
  • Some of them being Ellora, Daulatabad, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Panchakki (A watermill), Lonar, Ajanta and Shirdi.

When :

  • December every year
Ganesh Chaturthi

Why ?

  • Celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom.
  • The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).

When :

  • Usually falls between August and September
Paithan Fair

Why ?

  • Held in the shrine of 'Sant Eknath' at the Paithan village.
  • During the fair, large number of people gather at the village on the banks of the river Godavari to pay homage to the saint Eknath Maharaj.

When :

  • Falls either in March or April
Shivaji Jayanti

Why ?

  • This is the birth anniversary of Chatrapati Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler.
  • A procession with lezims is taken round to the city.

When :

  • 19 February
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