Ganga Mahotsav in Varanasi is celebrated to keep the cultures and traditions of the city intact. Banaras is considered to be the city of Hindu culture and way of life. During Ganga Mahotsav one can understand the values of the place which has been preserved for ages. Many famous artists like Pundit Chhanulal Misra, Girija Devi, Bal Murli Krishnan, Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, Bal Murli Krishnan, Sonal Mansingh, Amjad Ali Khan, Zila Khan, Sivamani, Hariharan, Rajan Sajan Mishra, Niladri Kumar etc kept visiting Varanasi to perform during the Mahotsav. Classical & folk performances of vocal, instrumental and dance performances are presented before a vast gathering on the the banks of the Ganga. Further, a crafts fair, held at Gandhi Shilp Bazaar, spans over twenty days and the dates of Ganga Mahotsav coincide with it. Artisans and crafts traders from more than twenty states across India participate in it to showcase their craftsmanship and gloriously rich cultures. Tourists from all over the world come to attend the Mahotsav and enjoy the crafts fair. The Mahotsav also includes games like boating, kite flying, marathon, wrestling etc. Finest display of crafts can be observed. It is believed that taking a bath in the Holy Ganga is auspicious and people flood the ghats, chanting various hymns, to take bath in the holy river. The holy river is believed to be pleased by the prayers and hymns offered by the people and every year the flow of Ganges increases marking the purity and sanctity of the city and its beautiful civilizations.