Fairs and Festivals in Karnataka:
Karnataka is famous for its Historical heritage and culture. Famous dynasties ruled this land for centuries. Some historical incidents caused to form some festivals, which have been celebrating with great enthusiasm. These festivals attracting a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Some festival celebrating places named as UNESCO sites.
Here are some festival narrated for you…
This festival is also known as Vijaya Utsav to honour the birth of Purandaradasa, the famous ancient poet. The festival falls in the month of October or November and celebrated for three days. Once Hampi was the capital city of Vijayanagara kingdom. At present this ancient capital placed as World Heritage site of India. During the festival, people perform their talent in classical dance, art and music. Performing Karnataka music is a highlight of this celebration. The monuments in Hampi lit with colourful lights. The Karnataka Government celebrated this festival. Here famous attracting activity is the colourful clad decorated elephants march across the ruins of Hampi city and the youngers dressed as the soldiers, belonged to golden-era and stand at the lines of Hampi.
The devotees celebrated this festival to pay tribute to Goddess Gowri Devi. The festival falls before the day of Vinayakachavati. The people worship her to shower her bestow strength and courage upon them. On this day Goddess, Gowri comes to her parents home like any women at present. On the next day come back to her home with Lord Ganesha.
The Hindus celebrated this festival with utmost Joy. It is a sacred festival to them. During this festival celebration, the devotees follow four variety of rituals.
First one is Prana Pratishtha: the devotees pray Lord Ganesha to come inside the Idol, which is worshipped and offered Pujas.
The second one is Shodashopachara: In this ritual, the devotees pay tribute in 16 different ways.
The third one is Uttar Puja: After Ganesha enter into the idol, shifted it at another place to worship.
The fourth one is Ganapati Visarjan: After the Puja, early morning of the next day, the devotees immerse the Ganesh Idol in the river, lake or water canals. The festival is similar to Vinayakachavati.
This is an ancient festival, celebrated on the full moon day. The festival dedicated to Draupadi. There is a legendary about the formation of the festival. In Mahabharata the Demon Tripurasura still alive and torturing the people, then Draupathi formed as Shakti and created soldiers called Veerakumaras to kill the Demon. After the war, the soldiers asked her to stay. However, She promised to come on the first full moon day of the Hindu calendar. Karaga is in a pyramid shape and covered in flowers. Nobody has to know what is inside of Karaga. The folk dances performed during the fair. The festival is very colourful and the celebrations indicated how much the people are showing their love and respect towards Shakti Devi Draupati.
Mahamastakabhishaka – Shravanabelagola:
Shravanabelagola is a famous Jain site. This is a Jain festival, however, all the religious people from all over India visited this place to see the celebrations of Mahamastakabhisheka festival, which held once in 12 years. The priests sprinkled the holy water on the devotees who gathered there. Later the Metres tall Siddha Bahubali statue bathed with milk, juice, sugarcane juice, saffron paste and Sandalwood powder. The devotees offer gold, silver, petals and precious stones. The festival celebrated in 2006, next held in 2018.
Pattadakal Dance Festival:
The government of Karnataka celebrates this festival in the month of January to honour all its famous temples. The Pattadakal is a small village near Badami in Karnataka, Once the village was the second capital of Chalukya kings. This is world heritage site and can found here a large number of well-constructed temples. These temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and various Puranic stories sculptured on the wall of the temple. The famous Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna temples also situated here. During this festival celebration, the artists display the craft items and the famous classical dancers performed their skill before the gatherers.
Mainly this festival celebrates in Udupi. This is a traditional buffalo race organized by the farming communities. Generally, the festival held between November to March. At first pair of buffaloes tied to plough, then the farmers made them run through the field. The festival has been celebrating for 1000 years to appease gods for good harvest.