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Vaikunta Ekadashi

Vaikunta Ekadashi

  • The ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven’ was opened on this day.
  • All over India, temples make a door kind of structure on this day for the devotees to pass through it
  • Devotees fast on this day and observe vigil the whole night
  • Special prayers, yagnas, discourses and speeches are arranged at Vishnu temples across the world

Udupi Paryaya Krishna Temple

  • Paryaya is a religious ritual which takes place every alternate year in Krishna Matha (Krishna Temple) of Udupi
  • Each Swamiji of every Matha gets chance to perform puja to Udupi Sri Krishna by rotation for a period of two years
  • A public ceremony is held at Rajagana within the premises of the Krishna Matha for benefit of general public
Udupi Paryaya Krishna Temple
Sankranti

Sankranti

  • It is the Suggi or harvest festival in Karnataka
  • People wear new clothes to visit near and dear ones with a Sankranti offering in a plate. This ritual is called "Ellu Birodhu”
  • An important ritual practiced on this day is display of cows and cattle in colourful costumes on an open field. They are taken on a procession and are also made to cross a pyre. This ritual is common in rural Karnataka and is called "Kichchu Haisodhu”
Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

  • Maha Shivaratri is celebrated annually in reverence of the god Shiva
  • It is the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati
  • Devotees of Lord Shiva fast on this day and give sacred bath to Shiva Linga with honey, milk, water etc
  • Hindus believe that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity on this day absolves a devotee of past sins
Holi

Holi

  • In rural Karnataka children collect money and wood in the weeks prior to Holi, and on Kamadhana night, all the wood is put together and lit
  • In Sirsi, Karnataka, Holi is celebrated with a unique folk dance called “Bedara Vesha”
  • In Bagalkot and other parts of north Karnataka, Holi is celebrated across 4 days

Ugadi Festival

  • The festival marks the new year day according to the South Indian lunar calendar
  • The ritual of eating a specific mixture of six tastes called Bevu-Bella, symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise) , which should be accepted together and with equanimity through the New Year
  • Across Karnataka, typically every family buys new clothes, consumer durables and luxury goods
Ugadi Festival
Sri Rama Navami

Sri Rama Navami

  • Ram Navami is celebrated on the occasion of the birth of Lord Rama
  • Lord Ram’s favourite 'panaka' and other preparations are offered to the Lord and his consort Sita and later distributed to devotees

Bengaluru Karaga

  • Bengaluru Karaga is a well-known tradition of Thigala community in Southern Karnataka
  • The Thigalas, who hold Draupadi as their principal deity, believe that Draupadi Shakti (power) brims over during the Karaga festival
  • The ritual is performed on a full moon day
  • The ritual pot is filled with water and adorned with decorations, is carried by the priest
  • The dancers perform various acrobatic feats while following the procession
Bengaluru Karaga
Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya

  • The day is considered auspicious for starting new ventures, purchase of gold and precious stones
  • On this day, a day-long Kubera Lakshmi Puja is performed
  • t is the day when temple doors of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangothri, Yamunothri are opened for the devotees for 6 months

Basava Jayanthi

  • Basava Jayanthi is the most important festival of the Lingayats
  • It is widely celebrated in North Karnataka
  • It marks the birthday of Basavanna, the founding saint of the Lingayat faith
Basava Jayanthi
Nag Panchami

Nag Panchami

  • Nag Panchami is a festival where people worship either images or live Nagas (cobras) on the fifth day after Amavasya of the Shravana month
  • In Karnataka, the preparation for the festival starts on the New Moon day of Bhima Amavasya
  • Traditionally, married young women visit their premarital households to celebrate the festival
Varamahalaksmi Festival

Varamahalaksmi Festival

  • Mahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth, auspiciousness and prosperity. She is worshipped for healthy progeny, as well as the health and long life of the husband
  • Vratha is observed on a Friday that falls before the full Moon day of the month of Shravanamasa (August - September)
  • Varalakshmi Vrata is performed by married woman for the well being of all the family members

Raghavendra Aradhana

  • This festival is celebrated across Hyderabad & Karnataka
  • Raghavendra Swamy Aradhana or Guru Raghavendra Aradhanotsavam is the major festival across Madhwa Community
Raghavendra Aradhana
Krishna Janmashtmi

Krishna Janmashtmi

  • n Karnataka, Madhwas, Vaishnavas, Iyengars, Srivaishnavas and Smarthas make elaborate preparations for the festival
  • The idol of Lord Krishna is placed in a decorated mantapa
  • In some parts of Karnataka, chakli, avalakki and bellada panaka are prepared especially for the festival
Kailpoldhu

Kailpoldhu

  • This festival is celebrated all over Kodagu.
  • Kail - means Weapon or Armory and Poldh - means Worship
  • On the Kailpoldhu day, which incidentally signifies the completion of "Nati"- meaning the transplantation of paddy crop, men should get ready for guarding their crop from wild bears and other animals
  • All the members of the family perform Pooja to these weapons & assemble in the "Mandh“ (open ground), where physical contests and sports including shooting are conducted

Ganesha Chaturthi

  • Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel
  • This festival is widely popular with local communities (mandalas) vying with each other to put up the biggest statue & the best pandal
  • Modaks & Karjikai are prepared in households during this festival
Ganesha Chaturthi
Ayudha Puja

Ayudha Puja

  • Ayudha Puja is an integral part of the Navratri festival (festival of triumph)
  • It is also called "Astra Puja", the synonym for Ayudha Puja. In simple terms, it means “Worship of Implements” (weapons and tools are worshipped)

Dasara (Vijayadhashami)

  • Mysore Dasara is the state-festival of Karnataka. It is also called Navaratri and is a 10-day festival with the last day being Vijayadashami, the most auspicious day of Dasara
  • Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil and was the day when the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura
  • On Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumboo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore city
Dasara (Vijayadhashami)
Kannada Rajyotsava

Kannada Rajyotsava

  • On 1st November 1973, Mysore was renamed as Karnataka and this was the state formation day
  • This was the day in 1956 when all the Kannada language speaking regions of South India were merged to form the state of Karnataka
  • It is marked by the announcement and presentation of the honours list for Rajyotsava Awards by the Government of Karnataka and hoisting of Karnataka flag

Diwali

  • Diwali is celebrated on the day before and day following New Moon Day
  • The entire house is cleaned and new clothes are purchased for the entire family which is followed by lighting of oil lamps around the house and bursting firecrackers
  • In parts of North Karnataka the women of the house perform Aarti on the men
  • In Kannada families is all members gather together for the three days celebration
Diwali
Puthari

Puthari

  • The Puthari is the harvesting festival and is the most awaited festival in Kodagu
  • Puthari - means new rice, which signifies the harvesting of the new crop
  • This Festival falls in late November or early December
  • It is celebrated with gaiety, dance and fireworks
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