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Festivals of Karnataka
 
Ugadi (March/April)
The New year festival or Ugadi comes close on the heels of Holi. While the strong colors of Holi start fading away, the freshness of spring lingers on with sprightliness all around. The flame of the forest (trees with bright red flowers that blossom during Holi) are in full bloom signifying an affluent season. It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day - Chaitra suddha padhyami or the Ugadi day. Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the new year, new month and new day.
 
Rajyotsava Day (November)
The Rajyotsava Day is the state festival of Karnataka and is observed on November 1st every year. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Karnataka or formation of the state. The Rajyotsava day is marked as a government holiday in the state of Karnataka.
 
Karaga (March/April)
Held at the renowned Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in Bangalore, the Karaga festival is a celebration of goddess Shakti. The festival, which starts on the full moon day of Chaitra and lasts for nine days, derives its name from the earthen pot in which the goddess is invoked. Started by a Tamil-speaking community of gardeners called Thigalars, the Karaga festival is a fiesta of spectacular rituals and processions. Just after dusk on the Karaga day, a priest of the Dharmaraya temple sets out from the temple precariously balancing an earthen pot bedecked with flowers.
 
Seven Utsavas (January)
Saptotsava or the seven Utsavas can be considered to be the annual festival in Sri Krishna Temple. It commences 5 days prior to Makara Sankramana and carries on daily. The sixth utsava takes place on the night of Makara Sankramana and on the next day, utsava takes place during daytime.
 
Sri Ramanavami (March)
Ram Navami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, the son of King Dasharath. It was a joyous occasion in Ayodhya all those centuries ago when King Dasharath's heir was finally born. It was like a dream come true for the king as the lack of an heir had troubled him sorely for many years.
 
Sri Krishna Janmashtami (September)
This festival comes off on the Shravana Krishna Ashtami, in the month of August or September every year. Complete fast is observed on that day and when the moon rises at about midnight, the swamijis take their bath and offer special pooja and 'Argya' to Sri Krishna. A golden chariot taken around the car street on this occasion.
 
Ganesh Chaturthi (September)
Ganesh Chaturthi is an important festival on the Hindu calendar which is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha as per Hindu mythology is considered to be the 'vigana harta' (remover of obstacles) for his many devotees. Ganesh Chaturthi festival gives an opportunity to the innumerous devotees of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to offer prayers to their deity and seek his blessings.
 
Deepavali (Balindra Pooja) (November)
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colourful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
 
Sri Vithappa Fairs (October)
The fair is organized with high festive spirits as the celebrations are marked by the grand procession with devotees carrying the holy deity in a palanquin. 60 parties of drummers from different parts of Karnataka also accompany the holy procession. There is also trend of offering the sacrificed sheep before the deity which is later sold by the priest or pujari and the amount gained is credited to the temple funds. There are many religious beliefs associated with the Sri Vithappa fair like turning of milk (brought for offering) into curd before offering to god is considered a good omen.
 
Godachi Fair (November)
The Godachi fair is held at Godachi village in Ramdurg Taluk of Karnataka. It is held in the month of Kartik This fair is held in the honour of Shri Veerabhadra and it is organized by the government of Karnataka. Organized by the government of Karnataka, this fair takes place at the Godachi village in Ramdurg Taluk of Karnataka. Held in the month of Kartik, this fair comes to honor the local god Sri Veerabhadra who is much revered by the natives of this village.
 
Shri Yellamma Devi Fair
Shri Yellamma Devi fair is held at Saundatti. It is held for about 5 times between October and February. But the Margasira is the biggest one, which is held on the full moon day.
 
Dasara Fair (October)
Dasara is also called Navarathri in different parts of India, nine days of worship and festivity ends on the tenth day “Vijaydashmi”. In Mysore, the festival is popularly known as Dasara Fair or Mysore Dassara and has been declared as ‘Naada Habba’ or the State festival of Karnatka. The festival is mainly celebrated to mark the victory of Good over evil as Mysore was the residential place of the demon Mahisasura, who was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari (Chamundi) on Vijaydashmi. Therefore the festival is celebrated every year with high festive spirits in honor of Goddess Chamundi.
 
Hampi Festival (November)
Hampi exists as one of the International tourist spots in world Heritage. The Hampi Utsav or Hampi Festival or Vijaya Utsav is a cultural extravaganza that has been celebrated since the times of the Vijayanagar reign. Hampi, once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire (One of the greatest empires in the history of India), comes alive during the lively festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November.
 
Pattadakkal Dance Festival (January)
The Pattadakkal Dance Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January in Pattadakkal, Karnataka. Pattadakkal was the ancient capital of the Chalukyan Kings and a World Heritage Centre. Pattadakkal is known for the delicately carved temples that represent the North and South Indian architectural traditions. This dance festival is organised by the Karnataka government to celebrate the marvelous heritage of the temples in Pattadakkal. The 'Nrityotsava' or the dance festival draws various famous dancers from all over the world and is accompanied by a crafts fair.
 
Banashankari Devi Fair (January)
The Banashankari Devi fair is held near Badami. It is an annual fair held in the month of January on the full moon day. This fair lasts for 10 to 12 days. At the fair, villagers buy agricultural items, utensils and other articles of domestic needs.
 
 
 
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