There is no way to enjoy a destination more, than to take part in it’s local festivities. You not only get a glimpse of the state’s culture but also learn more about the significance of each festival. Karnataka is one such state where you can experience the best of art, history and celebrations. From dance festivals to poojas and patriotic events, there is much to explore and experience. If you find yourself in this state, make sure you attend some of the most popular festivals in Karnataka.
10 Festivals In Karnataka You Must Attend!
Exhibitions, performances, delicious sweets and meals await your arrival in Karnataka. Take part in some of the most popular celebrations of the state and have an enjoyable time with your loved ones.
Also known as Gudi Padwa, marks the start of the new year as per the Hindu calender. According to the legends, this is the day that Bramha initiated the creation of the universe. The festival is celebrated with fervour and many preparations. Homes and temples are decorated and a special meal is cooked. Many people believe this to be an auspicious day to purchase a new asset or start a venture.
Date: 25th March 2020
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2. Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most vibrant festivals celebrated across India, however the festivities in Karnataka are a little different. Starting days before the festival itself, temples and houses are decorated with flowers and leaves to welcome Lord Ganesha. Sweets like Modakam, Kosambari and Payasams are prepared which one must surely try!
Date: 8th October 2019
More commonly known as ‘Mysuru Dasara’, this is one of the biggest Karnataka festivals. Spanning over 10 days, the festivities are in full bloom during this time of the year. The Mysore Palace is one of the best places to visit during Mysore Dasara. Adorned with 10,000 beautiful light bulbs, it is truly a beautiful sight. Various dance and music programs are organized across the state that you can enjoy.
4. Hampi Festival
Also known as ‘Vijaya Utsava, Hampi festival is a grandiose affair in South India. It is a cultural extravaganza organised in the South Indian village of Hampi which is a famous tourist and heritage site. Famous artists and musicians attend the festival, showcasing marvellous talent and spirit. Stalls line the streets selling handicrafts and little trinkets for you to purchase. Colour, lights, excitement are found everywhere creating an aura of a grand celebration.
5. Gowri Festival
Celebrated one day before Ganesh Chaturthi, Gowri Habba another popular festivals of Karnataka. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and homes are decorated with idols of the goddess. Delicious meals are prepared and if you have a chance to attend this festival in Bangalore make sure to visit the temples which are just as beautifully decorated with mango leaves and banana stems.
Date: 1st September 2019
6. Karaga Festival
A vibrant festival, Karaga is celebrated in full swim in Bangalore and other areas of Karnataka. A tradition among the participants is to carry a floral pot on their head, the content of which are a mystery till date. Dhoti-clad men and women take to streets as they dance with vigor and excitement.. Bystanders enjoy just as much taking part in the festivities as well.
Date: 23rd March – 02nd April 2019
7. Karnataka Rajyotsava
Celebrated with vigour and excitement, Karnataka Rajyotsava signifies the formation of the state and is another popular event on the list of Karnataka festivals. A holiday is declared among all schools, colleges and offices for the festivities to take place. Traditional dances are performed, the state flag is hoisted everywhere and sweets are distributed. All religions who reside in Karnataka take pride in the festival and celebrate it with utmost happiness.
Date:1st November 2019
8. Pattadakal Dance Festival
Another one of the dance festivals in Karnataka, Pattadakal a gains the attention of many every year. They are conducted in the temples of the town that were established in the 7th century and are now recognized as world heritage sites by UNESCO. For art and dance enthusiasts, this is a festival not to miss!
Date: 01st January 2020
9. Vara Mahalakhsmi Pooja
An important pooja performed by the women in Karnataka, Varalakshmi Vratam is celebrated on the day of the full moon. A sacred thread is worn by the women after the pooja is complete to signify protection. The aarti is performed by married women and sweets are distributed after. You can visit the temples to offer your prayers for wealth and wisdom.
Date: 9th August 2019
10. Makar Sankranti
Another one of the biggest celebrations in Karnataka is that of makar Sankranti. It is a festival dedicated to the Sun God and festivities are in full swing. Colourful decorations can be spotted everywhere and some even draw beautiful rangolis outside their homes. Schools and colleges are decorated as well encouraging everyone to take part in the event.
Date: 15th January 2020
If you are planning a trip to Karnataka anytime soon, make sure to take part in it’s colourful festivities and celebrations. Taking place all throughout the year, you will surely enjoy at these events and get a glimpse of the vibrant culture of the south. Go ahead and customize your Karnataka itinerary with TravelTriangle and have a fun-filled time.
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