Fairs & Festivals
Fairs and festivals are as old as mankind and it provides an index
"to 'the cultural, social and domestic life of the people.
Festivals of socio-religious nature provide an atmosphere of devotion
and enjoyment. Some festivals mark the seasonal changes and some
are local in character and are associated with some place, saint
or pir. Most of the festivals are based on legends and aim at propitiating
deities. Besides there are certain fairs and festivals, which are
local in character and are celebrated by the people in the district.
With a rich cultural heritage, Karnataka celebrates various colorful
fairs and festivals. Apart from the many festivals celebrated in
India, Karnataka has its own set of festivals which have a special
importance for the people of Karnataka.
[ Pattadakkal Dance Festival | Makar
Sankranti | Hoysala Mahotsava | Ganesh
Chaturthi | Hampi Festival | Dussera
Pattadakkal, the ancient capital of the chalukyan kings,
is a place of beautiful temples. A festival of dance celebrates
this marvelous heritage. It is celebrated in the month of January.It
gives the beautiful and mystical look of this great festival of
music and dance.
Makara Sankranti or Pongal is a harvest festival and one
of the most joyful events in Karnataka. In Karnataka, the festival
is called 'Sankranti', where cows and bullocks are gaily decorated
and fed with 'Pongal'. In the evening, the cattle are led out in
procession to the beat of drums and music. It is also a celebration
of the occasion of the 'ascent' of the sun to the north (Uttarayana).
Sesame Ladoos and sugar drops are distributed as a symbol of the
need to be generous and kind to everyone. Women wear new clothes,
new glass bangles and hold get-togethers to share sweets and gifts.
A new bride is given ornaments made of sugar drops and her new relatives
are invited to meet and welcome her at a haldi kumkum celebration.
Mahotsava (Belur - Helebid)
Hoysala Mahotsava is a magnificent dance festival held
at Belur and Halebid. The splendid Hoysala temples with their sculptural
extravaganza, make the perfect venue for this cultural feast. It
is celebrated in the month of March.
This day is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed
god of all good beginnings and success. Held annually, this festival
is a ten day long event. The images of Lord ganesha are installed
and worshipped and on the last day these are taken in processions
to be immersed in flowing water. The sea front, packed with people,
is a spectacular sight. It is celebrated in September.
Hampi festival, also known as Vijaya Utsav, is celebrated
to recreate the grandeur of the erstwhile Vijayanagar Empire. The
magnificent city of Hampi, come alive with the strains of music
and sounds of dance. It is held in the first week of November.
Dussehra celebration is held in October every year in Mysore and
is celebrated with great pomp and pleasure, echoing the grandeur
of its royal past marking the victory of good over evil. The palace
and city are lit up for ten days and the entire city wears a festive
look. Festivals of music, dance and theatres are held. On the Chamundi
hill, at the temple of Chamundeshwari a regal procession of decorated
elephants, courtiers and court symbols wends its circuitous way
to the temple, decorated splendidly for the festival. On reaching
the temple, prayers are offered to the goddess. The closing ceremonies
include cultural performances from different states, gymnastic and
equestrian events, followed by a torch light tattoo and fireworks.
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