- The Karaga festival is held in April at the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in Bangalore. Just after dusk on the Karaga day, a priest
dressed in female outfit leads a spectacular procession accompanied by dazzling swordplay by a number of dhoti-clad, bare-chested
Thigalars. On his head, he carries a flower-bedecked pyramid. A unique feature of the Karaga is the unbroken tradition of visiting
the tomb of an 18th century Muslim saint every year - a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity.
Kadalekayi Parishe - Popularly known as the groundnut festival,
the Kadalekayi Parishe, held in November, welcomes the first yield of the groundnut crop. Karnataka’s farmers come
together at the Bull Temple each year to seek blessings for a good harvest. Heaps of different varieties and qualities
of groundnuts come up in the area surrounding the Bull Temple, the Dodda Ganesha Shrine and the Bugle Rock Park in Basavanagudi,
one of Bangalore’s oldest suburbs.
Vasantha Habba - Each year in February, Nrityagram Dance Village, founded by the late Odissi
dancer Protima Gauri Bedi, comes alive during the Vasantha Habba (Spring Festival), a night-long celebration of dance and music
featuring the biggest names in Indian performing arts.
Maha Mastakabhisheka - Once in 12 years the well known Jain pilgrim centre, Shravanabelagola gets transformed into
a throbbing city, when millions of devotees join in the spectacular ceremonies for the Maha Mastakabhisheka (sacred head anointing
ceremony) of the magnificent 18 metre high statue of Bahubali. The Maha Mastakabhisheka is the most thrilling act of worship
seen anywhere in the world. The highlights of the celebration comprise the head-anointing and the ritual bathing of the magnificent
ornament atop the lofty Vindyagiri hillock that overlooks the landscape all around. A spectacular procession of devotees carrying
1008 ornamental vessels containing sacramental water climbs a huge scaffolding rising behind the statue of Bahubali to perform
the ritual bathing amidst scripted prayers. At the second stage, the statue is bathed with hundreds of litres of milk, sugarcane
juice, and pastes of saffron and sandalwood. Then follows a torrent of powders of coconut, turmeric, saffron, vermilion and sandalwood
on the divine figure. The cascade of colours presents a dazzling and fascinating rainbow-effect over the contemplative countenance
of the saint. Precious offerings of gems and gold and silver petals and coins are showered as symbols of reverential homage. In the
finale to the grand proceedings choicest flowers are showered on Lord Bahubali.