This rich, vibrant city pulsates with vigour during festive season
Celebrated in the month of March or April, this is one of the oldest and the most important festival in Bangalore. Members of the Tigala community celebrate the festival marked by fire walking and frenzied dancing. Men carry earthen pots or karaga on their heads in a nightlong procession before immersing them in the Sampangi Tank. Young men brandishing swords accompany the Karaga carrier.
The Peanut Festival falls every year in the month of November and is held at the Bull Temple. Farmers offer their first groundnut crop of the year and seek blessings of God.
Held in January every year, the festival marks the beginning of the harvest season. It also signifies a change in season from winter to spring.
The royal tradition of a grand procession, which started during the time of the Vijayanagara Empire, still continues till date. The ten days of festivities culminates in a huge and colourful procession carrying Goddess Bhuvaneshwari.
On this auspicious day in August married women offer garlands, cash, jewellery to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess for wealth and prosperity and seek her blessings for the long life of their husbands. It is a tradition to offer vermillion or kum-kum to atleast five married women.