One of the oldest festivals of Bangalore and surrounding cities , which is called Karaga is celebrated on first moon day of the Hindu new year. This year it falls on this week ( 29th March to 4th April) and I am trying to give you some timetable to help you attend and enjoy this week full of events. Sorry , bit late from me as I was travelling but still it might be useful for those who are living in Bangalore. The photos are from last year’s Karaga festival. A detailed info on Karaga is available on Wiki and this is the link.
(Please note that the dates and time is given as per Hindu day and in bracket the day is given out as per English calendar)
29.03. 2012, 10 PM ( sorry , I told you , I am little late :( ) Event begins at Dharmaraya Temple , K R Market with a small carfestival (ರಥೋತ್ಸವ )
3 PM Flag Hoisting ( ಧ್ವಜಾರೋಹಣ ) which is the mark of start of the event.
3.04.2012 , 3AM night ( technically Wednesday Morning 3 am ) Aarathi celebrations
Hundreds of women , girls will carry oil lamps decorated with Jasmine flowers and walk through the streets of Tigalara Pete before reaching the main temple at morning 3am .There will be some procession of fire breathing , mock sword fighting etc which will bring the old practices in to life.
Check out some photos here !
4.04.2012 , 3 am night ( technically Thursday Morning 3 am ) Hasikaraga (ಹಸಿ ಕರಗ )
This happens near Sampangi Lake Shakthi Peetha . The Karaga carrying gentleman will go ot this lake and will carry a small Karaga from waist deep water in the pond. He will carry the Karaga back to Dharmaraya temple.
5.04.2012 , 3 am night ( technically Friday morning 3 am ) ಪೊಂಗಲು ಸೇವೆ, ( a special rituals)
6.04.2012, Midnight 12 PM The great Karaga main event , car festival etc.
This is the main event of the day and my greatest experience last year is a body crushing crowd ! It is very difficult to photograph unless you are in a good location standing. I was simply pushed and carried away by the crowd to a different place for a simple mistake I have done. That is I stood in the crowd to get a better picture !!! Check the photo!
7.04.2012, 2 am ( or Sunday morning 2 am ) ಪುರಾಣ ಪ್ರವಚನ ( A priest reads out Hindu mythology ) and some other programs
8.04.2012 Sunday 4pm ವಸಂತೋತ್ಸವ and 12 PM Flag Hoisting ( ಧ್ವಜಾರೋಹಣ ) which is the mark of end of the event.
So have fun and let me know your experiences if you did attend!