Banganga Festival held every year in the city of Mumbai is a musical tribute to Lord Ram. The aim behind the celebration of this musical carnival is to protect the existing rich heritage. According to the legend Lord Ram had stayed here for some time on his return from Lanka after winning over Ravan. The natives were probably Shaivites and worshiped Shivalinga (Phallus stone). When Ram happened to visit the place locals asked him for water to perform bath ritual for Shivalinga. Lord Ram shot an arrow (Bana) and water profuse from holy Ganges itself.
The major attraction is ringing bells of temple along with praising songs for God. The whole affair gives nostalgia. These songs composed by unknown poets through the ages have become part of local culture and are integral part of temple rituals performed everyday. ‘The same heritage should be protected’ is the idea behind the organizing the Banganga Festival. The main organizer Indian Heritage Society Mumbai and MTDC want to foster the thought of protection of heritage among people.
This two-day musical carnival enlivens the city of Mumbai. The city comes into its true spirit and versatility. People visit temples varying from different class and caste. Volunteers to offer glittering look decorate Temples all over the city. Music, chants, and praising songs of God become popular in these two days. Though started in the year 1992, the festival in these two days makes Mumbai more attractive to tourists.
Banganga festival is an attempt to increases awareness among people for heritage and culture.