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Festivals of Karnataka

Mysore Dussehra Festival

The festivals of Karnataka mirror its rich cultural heritage. Attracting tourists from far and wide, Karnataka occupies a prized place on the map of South India. Several elements of the culture of the state can be seen in its festivals. Participation in the festivals is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the culture of the state. 

Some of the famous festivals of Karnataka are:


Mysore Dussehra Festival

The richness of the culture of Karnataka can be best seen in Dussehra festival at Mysore. Celebrating good over evil, the festival commemorates the destruction of demon king Mahishasura by the Goddess Chamundeshwari. It is held in the month of September/ October. The city is decorated like a bride during the festival. Music, dance, drama and firework are the main highlights of the festival.


Hampi Festival

Hampi, the World Heritage Site, is not only famous for its architectural ruins but is also known for its 'Hampi Festival'. Organized by the Government of Karnataka, the festival provides a platform to the artists to showcase their talent through music, dance and drama. This festival infuses life into the otherwise sleepy town of Hampi. Firework and puppet shows are also a part of the festival. It is celebrated during the first week of November.


Ugadi Festival

Celebrated with great fervor, the festival marks the beginning of a New Year. The term Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yugadi', which means 'beginning of a new Yuga or era'. Several cultural activities are performed during the festival. Celebrated in March/ April, this festival also marks the arrival of spring season.


Karaga Festival

Celebrated at the Darmaraya Temple in Bangalore, Karaga is a religious festival. Dedicated to Draupathi, the spouse of Pandavas, the festival is celebrated on the full moon day of Chaitra, the first month of Hindu calendar.

Other festivals celebrated in Karnataka are Makara Samkramana, Sri Ramanavami, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Tula Sankarama, Ganesh Chaturthi, Deepavali and Kail Poldu.

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