The 9 day long festival is celebrated in Bengaluru by members of the Thigala community in honor of Goddess Shakti.
History: During Mahabharata, Draupadi, wife of five Pandavas created several Veera Kumaras (brave sons) to form a mini army and defeat demon Timirasura. At the time of her death, these Veera Kumaras begged Draupadi not to leave them. Draupadi instead promised to return to each year during the full moon day of Chaitra masa (month). Karaga festival is celebrated each year to mark the return of Draupadi in the form of Adishakti.
Karaga Procession: Devotees take out a large procession as part of Karaga celebrations, carrying earthen pots on their heads
When is Bengaluru Karaga:
The 2020 edition of Bengaluru Karaga will begin on 8th April, 2020. Karaga begins on a full moon day of the Chaitra Masa according to Hindu Calendar. Exact date varies each year based on Hindu calendars but usually falls in March/April.
Where does Bengaluru Karaga Begin:
Shri Dharama Raya Swamy temple in Nagarathpete, Bengaluru is the starting point for the Karaga procession and main temple associated with the Karaga festival. Nagarathpete is 37 kms from Bengaluru airport and 5 kms from city centre (majestic).
Stay: Lots of stay options are available in Bengaluru in KR Market and Gandhi Nagara area, very close to Sri Dharmaraya Swamy temple.