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Where Hindus come to pay homage to their ancestors
The holy lake of Banganga, was built sometime between the 9th and 13th centuries, and the oldest sacred Hindu site in the city. Ban means ‘arrow’ in Hindi and according to legend, the water comes from the holy River Ganges 1,000 miles away, brought by an arrow shot from the bow of Rama.
It’s a place of rare serenity, with ducks gliding on the still, green waters and visitors relaxing on the worn basalt steps that lead down to them. Banganga usually becomes crowded in August, during the festival of Shravan, when Hindus come to pay their respects to deceased relatives by shaving their heads and purifying themselves in the tank.