Ramnagar ki Ramlila: The Centuries-old Tradition of Varanasi

Legend says that India is a land where culture changes every few kilometers. Every region in the country has its own folklore and traditions displaying its cultural richness.

Ramnagar Ramlila of Varanasi is one such example of India’s glorious legacy brimming with old-world charm and divine aura.

About the Ramlila

Considered as the oldest and the best Ramlila in the world, Ramnagar Ramlila takes place for several days in Varanasi. During this time, the entire city turns into a stage to narrate the epic story of Lord Ram.

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This 200-year-old cultural extravaganza is still performed in a traditional way without any help from technology. The artists use their own voices to perform scenes and don’t rely on microphones, etc.

Ramlila Dates and Venue

15th October 2023 – 24th October 2023
Ramnagar, Varanasi

Important Rituals

Ramlila begins with the arrival of Kashi Naresh to the chants of ‘Har Har Mahadev’. Bedecked Ram and Lakshman also arrive after some time with all the grandiose and splendour.

A procession along with elephants and dancers is taken out in the city adding to the charisma of the Ramlila. Travellers can also partake in this colourful and unique ritual of the Ramlila.


Significance of Ramlila

Theatrical performances in the Ramlila of Ramnagar span over 31 days depicting various aspects of Ramcharitmanas. Acknowledged by UNESCO as the Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, this event attracts tourists from across the world every year.

So, what are you waiting for? Head to one of the oldest cities in the world and witness a tradition like no other.