Every 12 years, the small town of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka turns into a conglomeration of hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. The occasion- the celebration of the Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony. One of the biggest festivals for the Jain community, it honors Lord Bahubali, a revered Jain icon. Mahamastakabhisheka Event Schedule Date Event Feb […]
Festivals in Karnataka
Land of unique culture and rich heritage, Karnataka observes many festivals throughout the year. Some of these festivals have their roots in religious devotion and others emerge from cultural legacy. Ganesha Chaturthi is observed widely in this state for ten days and Dussehra is grandly celebrated in Mysore.
Different parts of Karnataka have its own special festival such as the very popular Hampi Festival is a celebration of the birthday of famous poet Purandaradasa. Dance, music, puppet show and fireworks are parts of this festival. The special attraction of Karnataka’s Kambala festival is buffalo racing.
Another culturally influenced festival is the Pattadakal Dance Festival that takes place in January every year. Ugadi festival ushers in the New Year of Kannadigas when people wear new clothes. Pongal is also an important festival that celebrates good harvest. Karaga, a folk dance festival, is celebrated in Bangalore to pay tribute to Draupadi. Read more about Festivals of Karnataka.
Maha Shivaratri recipes you must try on this auspicious day! There’s a belief that the mighty Hindu God, Shiva is easily pleased by his devotees. The Lord asks for no great food or embellishments. It’s the depths of devotion that pleases him the most. Hence, just a little bit of water and milk is enough […]
Mahashivaratri, 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. The 14th […]
Makara Sankranti 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 symbolize universal love and kindness. Astronomical Significance The astronomical significance of the festival is that it marks the beginning […]
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 […]
Kadalekai Parishe, the annual groundnut fair is held on the last Monday of Karthika Masa (month in Hindu calendar) near Dodda Ganesha, temple, near the Bull Temple at Basavanagudi in Bangalore. The fair starts from the previous day with people thronging to the stalls selling buying variety of groundnuts. The day is a full moon […]
Dasara, Dushera, Navarathri … the very names symbolize resplendence. Think of this grand Indian festival and the mind fills itself with all the vibrancy a festive occasion denotes. So much so that, the very month in which the Dasara is celebrated turns out to become special, for it includes nine continuous days of festivity, each […]
The festivity surrounding Dasara makes it really special: Ramleela ballets, Ravan installations on fire, navratri special dances, fests, feasts and more. This colourful splash of festive tone sees many enthusiasts basking in the flavours of Dasara; and why not? Indians have every reason to. There are many special Mysore Dasara tour packages that make the […]
Navaratri is a major festival of the Hindus that is celebrated in various styles all over the country every year. Different states of the country have different names and customs for celebrating this festival. In the southern part of India, the festival of Navaratri is celebrated with a very interesting and unique tradition called Bombe […]
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 […]