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Festivals and Events in Ellora

The major festivals & events in Ellora that are celebrated with great fanfare are Ajanta and Ellora Festivals and Aurangabad Festival. Festivities during these festivals include lots of music and dance shows reflecting the rich culture of the place.

In the month of March, Ajanta and Ellora Festival is held at the Ellora Caves. The festival is organised by the State Government of Maharashtra and classical dance and music are the main attractions of the festival that offers a platform to the budding and the best talents from all across the country.

Paithan Fair is another important festival that is held in the month of March-April on the banks of Godavari River where devotees gather to pay tribute to Sant Eknath. Another interesting festival in Ellora is the festival of Pola that is celebrated in the month of August. During the festival, the farmers decorate and worship the cattle.

This apart, another prominent festival in Ellora is the most awaited Aurangabad Festival – a cultural event held in December. Promoting the art, culture and heritage of the city, the festival features ghazals, popular songs, mushaira, and folk dance performances. The festival is organised by the Aurangabad Festival Committee and there are stalls displaying the local handicrafts including Paithani, Bidri, Himroo and Paperwork. Apart from cultural shows and exhibitions, different competitions are organised including marathon and bullock cart race.

Shivaji Jayanti, Buddha Jayanti and Khuldabad Urs are also celebrated in the city.

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