Karnataka - a captivating land
of colorful festivals. Where all regions and all religions
have their own festivals and fairs. where all the victories
and triumphs of Gods and Kings alike are celebrated to
this day, with the same zeal and enthusiasm as in the
days gone by.
So whenever, whatever time, season or day in Karnataka
a festival awaits you. To charm you with its quaint rituals,
and make your visit special. These fabulous fairs and
festivals of are a celebration of life in all its infinite
variety. Some of them being exclusive to Karnataka vibrate
with color, grandeur and gaiety. Every hamlet and village,
every town and city has its own calendar of events to
Pattadakal dance Festival
of Pattadackal, 20 kms from Badami in Karnataka, is situated
on the left bank of the Malaprabha River. A World Heritage
Centre and has 10 major temples representing both north
and South Indian architectural traditions.
The Pattadakal Dance Festival is held every year to celebrate
the temples of Pattadackal. It is organised by the Government
of Karnataka. The 'Nrithyotsava' draws many famous dancers
and is accompanied by a craft mela.
The Dussehra of
Mysore or Mysore Dasara as it is eminently called is a
10-day long festival. On the day of Dussehra, a procession
of caparisoned elephants carrying the idol of goddess
Chamundi is taken through the city.
Mysore Dussera is renowned for its pomp. Dasara is observed
as State festival - Nadahabba, because of the celebration
of the festival is steered by the Royal Family of Mysore.
The royal family of Mysore performs special Pooja on the
occasion of Dasara. During Dasara, the entire City is
decorated and illuminated. Cultural programmes by famous
artists are arranged in the Palace along with Sports,
Wrestling, Poet's meet, Food Festival, Film Festival witnessed
by a large number of people.
Festival organized in December is typified by music, drama,
dance fireworks, puppet shows, and spectacular processions-all
combining to recreate the grandeur of a bygone era.
Hampi Festival (Vijaya Utsav): The ruins
of Hampi come alive with the strains of music and sounds
of dance when the State Government holds the Vijaya
Utsav to recreate the grandeur of the erstwhile Vijayanagar
Empire and a bygone era. Similar festivals are held
at Halebid, Pattadakal, Karavalli and Lakkundi. Other
district festivals are held in consultation with the
District Commissioners of different Districts.
Godachi Fair is organized at
Ramdurg near Belgaum. This fair is held in honor of Shri
Veerabhadra around October / November. Shri Veerabhadra
is believed to be one of the imperative attendant spirits
of Lord Shiva.
Banashankari Devi Fair
Banashankari Devi fair near
Badami is held annually in January on the full moon day
and lasts for 10 to 12 days. Rathotsava is an important
item of the fair. Agricultural implements, utensils and
other articles of domestic needs are put up for sale and
the villagers make many of their purchases at this fair.
Yellu Amavasya is observed
on new moon day in the month of December and it marks
the culmination of the Kharif season. On this day the
villagers visit the Maruto temple and in the noon the
members of the households go to their respective fields
taking along with them a variety of dishes like Holige,
bread from bajra flour, a vegetable curry, butter, etc.
They pick up five smooth stones from their fields and
worship them. Later, a small quantity of the a variety
of dishes brought by them is thrown in various directions
in the field as a symbol of offerings. The members of
the family then sit together in their field along with
their guests and partake of the food.
Come October, the people of
Kodagu look forward to this annual festival. It is believed
that Goddess Cauvery appears in the form of a sudden upsurge
of water in a small tank to give darshan to the innumerable
devotees gathered here. This event is known as theerthodbhava
and is celebrated with much festivity in Kodagu. Thousands
flock to witness the event and seek the Goddess's blessings,
bathe in her waters and carry back bottles full of holy
water from the source of the river.
Date: October 17th
Kambala (Buffalo Race) : When the fields are flush
with water, buffaloes race down a slushy track, egged
on by a strong-muscled farmer who surfs his way down
the track behind the beasts while balancing precariously
on a trailing wooden plank. A riot of colour, frenzied
cheers and shining torsos slick with sweat mark this
annual sporting event where the prize goes to the swiftest.
Get swept away by the enthusiasm of the Kambala buffalo
race, a rural sport in southern coastal Karnataka, which
originally began as a royal pastime and was later continued
by the feudal lords of the Tulu region.
Buffalo Racing Season
From November to March in Baradi Beedu, Bolantur, Kolatta
Majalu, Bajagoli, Puttur, Kamalakatte and Uppinangadi.