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Banganga Festival (Now renamed as Mumbai Sanskruti)

Banganga Festival now renamed as Mumbai Sanskruti is a two-day long heritage music festival held at the Horniman Circle in Mumbai. Earlier it was held at  the precincts of the Banganga Tank, a part of the complex of temples at Walkeshwar in Mumbai. The festival, which began in 1992, has a fascinating legend behind it. The name 'Banaganga' symbolizes the belief that, when Hindu Lord Rama, shot a Bana (arrow), the holy Ganges (Ganga) sent back fresh waters to quench the thirst of her followers. An annual musical extravaganza, the event is usually held in the second week of January and stages performances by eminent Indian classical musicians. This heritage festival 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. The stage for the festival is erected in the Horniman Circle in Mumbai.

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