Festivals in Bengaluru / Bangalore

Makara Sankranthi (Pongal)

Makar Sankranti festival, unlike other Hindu festivals, is not dependent on the position of the moon, but on position of the sun. On this day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn. To compensate for the difference that occurs due to the revolution around the sun, sometimes the day of Sankranti is postponed by one day.

Mahashivratri

Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to "great night of Shiva" is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.

Karaga Festival

Karaga is one of the oldest and widely celebrated festivals of Karnataka. Karaga festival depicts the rich cultural and religious heritage of Karnataka. It is celebrated in honour of the Goddess Shakti. The festival is held at the famous Dharmarayaswamy temple in Bangalore. The festival starts on the full moon day of Chaitra that falls in March/April. The festival derives its name from an earthen pot in which the Goddess Shakti is invoked. The celebrations last for 9 days, starting from the full moon day. The highlight of the festival is a grand procession that is held in honour of Goddess Shakti on the full moon night.

Ugadi

Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the people of the Telugu,and Kannada communities in India. It is a public holiday in the following regions: Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh. The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and ādi (starting) - 'the beginning of a new age'. The legend behind this festival is that Lord Brahma created the universe on Ugadi.

Varamahalakshmi

Varamahalakshmi or the Lakshmi Puja is celebrated in the month of August, throughout the state of Karnataka. The Puja dates back to the Vedic age and is mainly performed by the married females. They offer garlands of cash, jewelry and other valuables to the Goddess and pray for the prosperity and happiness of their husband and their family. After the performance of the puja, they offer vermilion (kum-kum) to at least five other married ladies.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with a great devotion. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Dussehra

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is a major Indian festival celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. This day falls in the month of September or October. The day culminates a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga. The day is celebrated to commemorate the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama. The day also celebrates the killing of demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga. Dussehra celebration spreads the message of the victory of good over sin.

Diwali

Diwali is a major festival of India. It is celebrated on a new moon night sometime in the months of October and November. The exact day of the festival is decided according to the Hindu calendar. The day is primarily celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile. However, there are various other stories associated with the festival.

Kadalekaye Parishe (Peanut Festival)

Kadalekaye Parishe, also known as Peanut festival, falls in the month of November. It is held in order to celebrate the first groundnut crop of the year. As a part of the celebrations, the farmers of the city visit the Bull temple to seek blessings of God.