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Festivals in Bangalore

Karaga - 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.
Kadalekayi Parishe Festival in Bangalore
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.

Getting There & Away to Bangalore

Flights to Bangalore
Bangalore is linked to all the four metropolitan cities and other major places by air. Bangalore Airport is 8 km from the M.G. Road area. Regular flights operate from Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Goa, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Mangalore. A few international flights travel directly from Singapore, Dubai, London, Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi.
Trains to Bangalore
Bangalore is connected to the National Capital by the weekly Rajdhani Express and daily Karnataka Express. It is also well connected with Bombay, Madras, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Calcutta, Hyderabad, and Mangalore by express trains. Mysore (140 km) is just 2.5 to 3 hours from Bangalore by train.
Car & Road service in Bangalore
Bangalore is well connected with Bombay and Pune through NH 4, to Hyderabad (565 km) and Kanyakumari (719 km) through NH 7 and Mangalore (349 km) on NH 48. Madras is approachable via Dharmapuri and Vellore (340 km). Buses of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala State Transport Corporations, and a large number of private roadways connect Bangalore with all the major centers in the region. The interstate bus terminus of Bangalore is situated in Subashnagar near Majestic Circle and faces the Bangalore City Railway Station.

Getting Around in Bangalore

There are very few yellow-top taxis available in the city, mostly around the airport area, but tourist taxis are easily available from agencies, hotels and taxi stands. Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) maintains a fleet of cars for hire. Another very commonly used mode of transport is the metered auto-rickshaw. The city also runs an efficient city-bus service, but the buses are usually crowded and so we don’t recommend them highly.

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