Top Festivals of Karnataka


A Festival is an amazing event where a person of a specific community, religion, or region celebrates together. Festivals are a symbol of joy and prosperity in life. Children love festivals as they get a day off from their schools and their daily routine. Major Festivals may be different in various parts of the country. Here we talk about the Top FESTIVALS of KARNATAKA. Ways of celebrating a festival can differ. Festivals can have different names too depending upon the region.

For example in neighboring towns of Barsana and Nandgoan near Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh Lathmar Holi takes place even before the actual Holi celebrated in the whole country.

Karnataka is a vast state in southwest India. It is popular for its coastline, Western Ghats, it’s Capital Bengaluru, and various historical, tourist attractions. Karnataka is the largest state in South India and the Sixth largest in India.

Its regional language is Kannada. Some of the other languages spoken in this state are Urdu, Konkani, Marathi, Tulu, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kodava, and Beary. Its literacy rate and sex ratio are 75.36% and 973/1000 respectively.

Karnataka is the only southern state to share its boundaries with all four sister states of Southern India. Its capital Bengaluru is famous as the Silicon Valley of India. It is popular for its IT Sector.

So let us discuss some of the major festivals celebrated in this vast and mesmerizing state of Southern India:

Some of the Top FESTIVALS of KARNATAKA are; Dussera festival of Mysore, Kambala buffalo race in Mangalore, Ugadi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Utsava, Gowri Festival, Karaga Festival, Mahamastakabhisheka, Pattadakal Dance Festival, Sankranti, Vairamudi Festival, Karnataka Rajyotsava, Vara Mahalakshmi pooja, Uttar puja, Shadashopachara, Tula Sankramana, and many more.

1. Dasara Festival of Mysore:

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It is one of the major festivals of Karnataka. It carries a wonderful and magnificent history of culture and tradition from the period of Vijayanagara Empire. After the fall of vijayanagara Empire Wadiyar dynasty of Mysore continued this tradition in there empire.

Even today Dasara is celebrated in India with the same energy and enthusiasm. It is a ten-day-long festival. Even today a royal darbar took place in the Mysore palace and the king of the Wadeyar family seated on his royal throne in his royal attire along with his royal members. All rituals take place and the ideal of the goddess placed on the golden throne (Ambaari) and carried on by an elephant.

Mysore Dasara is famous all over the world for its glory, procession, and mass it attracts towards itself and this festival takes place with the same excitement all over Karnataka.

2. Makara Sankranti – Top FESTIVALS of KARNATAKA.

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It is another important festival in Karnataka. Also celebrated in many parts of India and it is popular by many names in different parts of India. As Lori in Punjab, Bihu in Assam, Khichdi in Bihar, as Pongal in many southern states and as Makara Sankranti in Karnataka.

This indicates new beginning in life of individual. This signifies the end of darkness and beginning of new chapter. During this period it has said that sun also changes its cycle or path.

3. Ganesh Chaturthi:

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It is the festival which has celebrated not only in Karnataka but also in every part of India. Ganesh Chaturthi is day that has celebrated as the sign of birth of lord Ganesha. It is a long festival in India. During this festival in which idols of lord Ganesh in each household and streets too. Moreover, preferred delicacy in this festival is Modak. Moreover, it has said to be the most liked dish by the lord himself. During the Ganesh visarjan people celebrate with lots of music. Read more, Ganesha Festival.

4. Ramadan (Eid-Ul-Fitr):

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It is the most important festival celebrated by the people who have faith in Islam Religion. It has celebrated by approximately 12% of Karnataka’s population. During this month people undergo fasting for complete one month from sunrise to sunset without even drinking the water. On the final and auspicious day of EID-UL-FITR people start off their chores early, dress-up in Islamic attire mostly then they pray for almighty Allah in open area under open sky. Then they enjoy their whole day with various delicacies they prepare.


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It is an important festival in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana States. Meaning of ugadi is Yuga (which means period or generation) and Adi (which means beginnings). In fact, in Hinduism faith it has believed that lord Brahmma created this world, universe on this day.

6. Hampi Festival – Top FESTIVALS of KARNATAKA

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It is also known as Vijaya Utsav, it is celebrated as the sign of birthday of ancient poet Purandaradasa who lived in Hampi capital of Vijayanagara Empire. Certainly, Hampi has been listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Hampi was an prospering city during the rule of Vijayanagara Kings but it was destroyed by the Sultans of Bahmani kingdom as Vijayanagar Empire weakened. It was so full of prosperity under Vijayanagara Rulers that various precious stones, gold, diamond ornaments were sold on the streets of this city.

This festival also attracts tourists from all over the world as it is the symbol of heritage, culture, tradition of Kannidagas (native people of Karnataka) which they have been inherited from their ancestors. And the way they have still kept it alive in the period where many people are attracted towards western culture easily.

Also, there are many events which are the main attraction of this festival and those are: concert of folk songs ( Janapada Kala Vahini), Jumbo Savari (elephant ride) and many more.

Certainly, it is celebrated with great joy and pride even by the government of Karnataka.

Also read, Top Indian Festivals.


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