Learn more about festivals celebrated in Karnataka here.

Deepavali

Diwali

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 […]

Naga Panchami

nagarapanchami. Photographer Dinesh Kannambadi

Panchami habba or Festival  is one of the auspicious day for Hindu women. India, the land of  cobra, and snake charmers as it is famous for, has  special reverence to the snakes. The serpents are associated with many Gods in the Hindu mythology. Naga (snake) Panchami is the 5th day of the Shravana month of the […]

Karaga Festival – A Demonstration of the Rich Cultural and Religious Heritage of Karnataka

Karaga festival in Bangalore. Source Wiki

Karaga is one of the oldest and widely celebrated festivals of Karnataka. Karaga festival depicts the rich cultural and religious heritage of Karnataka. It is celebrated in honour of the Goddess Shakti. The festival is held at the famous Dharmarayaswamy temple in Bangalore. The festival starts on the full moon day of Chaitra that falls […]