Learn more about festivals celebrated in Karnataka here.


Shiva statue

Mahashivaratri, which is celebrated in February, is about worshiping Lord Shiva, whose appeal is strong and persistent in equal measure among all sections of the society. Most Hindu festivals are celebrated during daytime but Shivaratri is all about keeping a night-long vigil as it’s believed that Lord Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance. […]

Kambala – A Traditional Celebration in Rural Karnataka

Buffalo Race in Mangaluru

Kambala is an annual festival celebrated in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The festival involves the traditional buffalo race, a popular and unique sport among the farming community of the state. This yearly event is celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervour in most parts of Dakshina Kannada, including Mangalore. The Kambala festival season starts […]

Makara Shankranti

Shankantri Rangoli by Anisha Raghu

Makara Shankranti is the harvest festival, a new year and the festival of rejoicing and celebrations embracing the entire household friends and neighbors, the servants and the poor, the cows, and then all other living creatures symbolizes universal love and kindness. Astronomical Significance The astronomical significance of the festival is that it marks the beginning […]



Deepavali or Diwali is the festival of diyas or deepas (lights). This five day festival marks the Demon Narkasura killed by Lord Krishna, has been  celebrated across the country and all over the world by Hindus. It is also called Kaumudi Deepam or Dipalika. The Festival Of Lights is the most celebrated Hindu festival. It […]

Mysore Dasara Walking Tour

Mysore Dasara Walk by Royal Mysore Walks

Wouldn’t it be spectacular if we could walk through the pages of Mysore’s rich cultural heritage? Well now a walk through Mysore city with a knowledgeable guide is possible for a small fee. Read on to discover the walk tour during divine celebration of the navaratris in Mysore. The Splendour of Mysore Dasara The Mysore […]

History of Mysore Dasara

Mysore Dasara Parade. Image source mysorepalace.gov.in

Mysore Dasara is the Nada habba or state festival of Karnataka. Often called Navaratri, it is a 10-day festival with the last day being Vijayadashami. According to a legend, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil. For, it was the day the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasurana Ooru and Dasara Mahishasura […]

Dasara Dolls: Where to buy and how to Design Doll Arrangement?

dasara procession dolls. Image source W@yfarer's Club

Mysore Dasara is a 10 day festival of colors and joys being celebrated for the victory of goddess Chamundeshwari over the demon Mahishasura. Nadahabba Dasara festival takes you back to the history of Vijayanagara Kings and royalty. The city Mysore is well known around the globe for its Dasara celebration. During Dasara the Mysore palace […]

Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha idols in Yediyur market, Bangalore

Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, resurrected to life on earth with the head of elephant. It is celebrated as it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha.. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu, […]

Gowri Festival

Gowri idol - colored

Gowri Habba or festival is celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi . It is a significant festival in parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu. Goddess Gowri, wife of Lord Shiva, the mother of Lord Ganesha and Lord Subramanya is worshiped through out India for her ability to bestow upon her devotees power, courage, […]

Vara Mahalakshmi Festival

varamahalakshmi puja

Mahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth, auspiciousness and prosperity. She is worshiped for healthy progeny, as well as the health and long life of the husband. Vratha is observed on a Friday that falls before the full Moon day of the month of Shravanamasa (August – September). The Vratha is as follows. Early in the […]