Top festivals in Bangalore, which is a lot more than a garden city!
India is a country known for its diversity, beautiful mixture of tradition and modernity. Bangalore is one such renowned city where you can find this delicate blend with the famous and charming festivals and fairs. Make sure you are updated with the upcoming festivals of Bangalore before you plan a trip to this wonderful city. We bring you a list of some of the top festivals of Bangalore, which are worth attending in the year 2020.
Locally known as KadalekaiParishe means groundnut festival celebrates the harvest of the first production of groundnut crop. You shall come across many fairs held where vendors are selling colorful bangles, toys, clay trinkets, Mehendi and much more. It is hosted at a temple called DoddaGanesha temple where the celebrations are entwined with the belief of the people. The sight turns marvelous when thousands of lamps are lighted at the Bull Temple for the festivity. The festival lasts for 2 days and usually held in the month of November in the month of Karthika according to the Hindu calendar.
This is an ancient festival in Bangalore celebrated in honor of Goddess Shakti. It is a tradition and in fact highlighting features of this festival where an exquisitely decorated earthen pot is carried on people’s heads with no support. This is basically done to invoke Goddess Shakti during the nine days of its celebrations. The festival owes its ethnicity to the Thilaga community of the Vahnikula Kshatriyas residing in the southern part of Karnataka making the Karaga festival one of the best festivals in Bangalore. The festival usually takes place in the month of March – April at the Dharmarayaswamy temple in Bangalore and lasts for a total of 10 days.
This is yet another famous festival in Bangalore, capturing the spirited lifestyle of the Bangaloreans. The main purpose of this is to bring out the artistic talent of incredible India. The Habba fair is relished with khadi and craft exhibitions, dynamic performances such as fashion shows and drama, music, and dance and tournaments of sports which includes golf and cricket. People from around the globe come here to give themselves a visual treat along with mouth-watering savories, with the free tickets to the fair, its even more of a delight.
This festival is celebrated in Bangalore as well as the whole of Karnatak which marks the beginning of Kannada New Year. It is observed as the beginning of all things, glorious, and is considered an auspicious moment for new avenues to blessings. Day-long celebrations are observed as a tradition and part of the festival with activities like the painting of colorful rangolis, and other festivities that prepares them for what lies ahead in the new year.
Even though the authenticity of the festival belongs to the eastern part of the country especially to the West Bengal, the festival is celebrated in Bangalore with a high triumph. The significance of this festival is to remember the victory of good over evil, which according to the legend marks the birth of Goddess Durga to put an end to the King Mahishsura, the immortal demon, and his evil deeds. It is believed that goddess Durga tries to slaughter the demon, by taking different forms through the various avatar on the days recounted as Mahalaya, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami. It is celebrated as Vijaya Dashmi too on the final day when Goddess Durga reigns victory when the idols of goddess Durga are immersed in water bodies as a sign of bidding her adieu.
This is a festival that is celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi and holds a special significance for the married women specifically. Idols of the goddess Gowri are placed in the houses which are decorated elaborately. You shall see people especially the ladies and women dressed crisply and distributing sweets and joy among their neighbors. The festive spirit is promoted by decorating the temples with banana stems and mango leaves. Married women specifically take part in the celebrations actively as it is believed that goddess Gowri, mother of Ganesha would give them courage and power.
This is one of the most auspicious festivals, celebrated countrywide and eagerly anticipated by all Indian Hindus. As it is famously known, Diwali is the festival of lights, which also celebrates the victory of good over evil. People burst crackers and fireworks as a sign of joy and celebration. Houses are beautifully decorated and lit up by earthen lamps called dipa in the local language. Feasting on the festive Meals, exchanging of gifts are all part of this grand occasion.
The celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi commences days before the actual day of the festival. The festival is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety with the entire city being decorated vibrantly with flowers and leaves. Toothsome sweets such as Payasa, Kadabu, Kosambari, and many others bring even more of perfection to the festival. Ganesh Chathurthi festival in Bangalore is believed by Hindus to invokes wisdom, good fortune, and prosperity from their elephant-headed Lord. The festivals last for about 10 to 11 days, usually falling in the months August – September.
Pattadkal Dance Festival
Grabbing the attention of millions of people year-round, Pattadakal, a famous dance festival, has been gaining curiosity among all the festivals and celebrations reigning the city of Bangalore. This festival used to be Conducted at the temple courts, as early as the seventh century. Now it has been conducted at the temple courts, as early as the seventh century. This is an interesting event none of the dance partisans would want to miss consisting of some of the amazing dazzling performance.
Pretty much coinciding with the Durga Puja festival, Dussehra commemorates the victory of good over evil. The festival lasts for about ten days as a remembrance of the victory of Hindu god Rama over the demon king Ravana. Special events such as bonfires, fireworks, tika painted on the celebrants’ foreheads, lighting up of ten thousand light bulbs symbolize the special festival of Dusshera. The city holds a great ceremony, artistic programs such as dance and music are conducted as a part of celebrations. Usually falls in the month of October and is celebrated across the city.