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Karnataka is one of the four southern states of India. The modern state of Karnataka came into existence with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act (1956), with the incorporation of districts under the dominion of Bombay, Hyderabad, Madras State and Coorg within the existing state of Mysore State. Karnataka's capital, Bangalore, is the only city in the state with a population of more than 6 million. Other major cities include Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Davanagere, Bellary,Hassan, Hospet and Belgaum. Kannada is the official language of the state. Karnataka is the 8th largest Indian state by area and 9th largest by population.(Wikipedia)

Festivals of Karnataka

Pattadakkal Festival in Karnataka


Time: Januray

Duration: One Day

Location: Pattadakkal, Karnataka


The Pattadakkal Dance Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January in Pattadakkal, Karnataka.This dance festival is organized by the Karnataka government to celebrate the marvelous heritage of the temples in Pattadakkal. Pattadakkal was the ancient capital of the Chalukyan Kings and a World Heritage Center. Pattadakkal is known for the delicately carved temples that represent the North and South Indian architectural traditions. The 'Nrityotsava' or the dance festival draws various famous dancers from all over the world. A crafts fair is also organized along with the dance festival.

Karaga festival in Karnataka


Time: March-April

Duration: One day

Location: Karnataka


The Karaga festival is celebrated at the Darmaraya Temple in Bangalore. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of Chaitra (March-April), the first month of Hindu Calendar. This festival is celebrated in the honor of Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, the famous heroes of the great Hindu epic, Mahabharata.

Hoysala Festival in Karnataka


Time: March

Duration: One Day

Location: Temples of Belur and Halebid, Karnataka


Hoysala Mahotsava is a dance festival held at the magnificent temples of Belur and Halebid in Karnataka. This festival is celebrated in the month of March. The majestic Hoysala temples with their marvelous sculptures make a perfect venue for this cultural festival. The splendid event recreates the grandeur of the bygone era.

Mysore palace during festival of Dusshera in Karnataka


Time: October

Duration: Ten days

Location: Mysore, Karnataka


Dussehra is the main Hindu festival of Karnataka. This festival is celebrated in the month of October. The rulers of Vijayanagara Empire used to celebrate Dussehra with remarkable brilliance.The festival was celebrated at Mysore Palace in Mysore where a Durbar was held for 9 days and on the 10th day a huge procession was taken out with decorated elephants and colorful folks. Today also, this festival is celebrated in Mysore with great pomp and show. In Mysore, Dussehra is celebrated as State festival and also known as 'Nadahabba', because of the special initiation taken by the Royal Family of Mysore in the festival celebrations. The festival is celebrated for 10 days and ends on the Vijaydashmi or Dussehra. The first six days are celebrated in the honor of goddess Saraswati. Eight day is dedicated to Durga and ninth day is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. On the 10th day, a huge procession is taken out with decorated elephants from the Mysore Palace and ends at Bannimandap. On this day the Mysore Palace is illuminated with lights. Majestic processions, a torch lights parade and dance and musical events enliven the tranquil city of Mysore. Many cultural programs, sports events, poet's meet, food festival are also organized in the Mysore Palace.

Hampi festival in Karnataka


Time: November

Duration: One day

Location: Hampi, Karnataka


The magnificent ruined city of Hampi, Karnataka once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire (One of the greatest empires in the history of India), comes alive during the lively festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November.The Vijaynagar city ruins near the village of Hampi, are one of the most fascinating historical sites in South India. It has ruins of stone temples, elephant stables, barracks and palaces. Temples of this city are noted for their large dimensions, florid ornamentation, bold and delicate carvings, stately pillars, magnificent pavilions. This festival is organized by Karnataka State Government in order to recreate the grandeur of the ancient Vijayanagar empire and the olden days. Music and dance programes, drama, fireworks, puppet shows and spectacular processions are a part of this festival. Artists from every corner of India gather here to enjoy the beautiful splendor of the festival.