Some exciting festivals of Karnataka which you can't afford to miss!

Raunak JhaApr 26 . 5 min read

Kambala Festival

 Kambala festival is the festival which is important for the farming community. It is celebrated in Dakshin Kannada and the districts of Udipi in Karnataka. It is celebrated annually for two days. In this festival around 150 buffaloes become a part of the proceedings. A race of buffaloes is also conducted by the farmers.

Hampi Festival

 It is celebrated lavishly in the city of Hampi. It is also called the Vijaya Utsav. It also has various popular musicians and artists on the list of attendees as well as participants. It is one of the most popular festivals which is currently celebrated in Karnataka. It is celebrated annually from 2nd to 4th November.


 This festival is also celebrated by another name in some parts of our country. It is considered as the new year of the Hindus. It is celebrated every year on the second day of the month of April. It is also considered by many as a very auspicious day for the start of a new business or to buy any new thing.

Vairamundi Festival

 On this day, Lord Vishnu is worshipped. His idol is decorated in a beautiful way with special jewellery for this Karnataka festival. The speciality of the jewellery is that it once belonged to the king of Mysore. It is celebrated grandly every year in March. This celebration lasts for only one day.

Vara Mahalakshmi Pooja

 It is celebrated by married women. On this day, Gods are worshipped by married women. In the end, they wear a thread on their wrist to depict protection. Sweets are also offered after the pooja. It is done by offering prayers to the Almighty for the prosperous and happy life. It is celebrated consistently every year on the 12th day of August. It is considered by many as the most exciting and the most popular festival celebrated in Karnataka.

Gowri festival

 It is celebrated yearly on the 30th of August. It is the celebrated at the beginning of the festival season. During this beautiful celebration, people wear new clothes and eat good delicious food. In the city of Bangalore, do visit the temples as the temples in this city on this day are decorated in a very attractive way.

Sri Vithappa fair

 It is celebrated annually either in the month of September or in October. It continues for three days. It has a great number of visitors regularly. In this festival, various religiously important rituals are held and the day is celebrated with great celebration. So, it can be considered as the Karnataka state festival.

Tula Sankramana

 It is celebrated on the occasion of the harvest of rice. It is celebrated basically in the Coorg district of Karnataka. In this festival, Lord Lakshmi is worshipped and devotees take a dip in the river in order to be lucky in the future. It is celebrated every year on the 18th day of October.

Karnataka Rajyotsava

 It is celebrated as the foundation day of the state of Karnataka. It is a day of public holiday for the entire Karnataka. All the colleges, schools and offices in the state are shut on this day. It can be considered as the most popular Karnataka festival. Even the official flag of the state of Karnataka is also hoisted. It is celebrated every year on the first day of the month of November.


 It is celebrated in Shravanabelagola. On this day various offerings are being made by the devotees to the holy statue. Offerings are in the form of coins of silver and gold also. The statue is even bathed in milk, turmeric and vermilion powder and even paste of saffron. Holy water is also sprinkled on the devotees during the celebration. It holds special importance for the religion of Jainism. It is celebrated for 9 consecutive days after every 12 years.

 So, these are some of the festivals celebrated in Karnataka. There are some more which are as follows: -

  1. Pattadakal Dance Festival
  2. Makar Sankranti
  3. Karaga Festival
  4. Deepavali
  5. Groundnut Festival

 Now let’s have a look at some of the important terms which one can encounter while searching about the festivals of Karnataka: -

National festival of Karnataka and Harvest festival of Karnataka - Tula Sankramana

Some of the traditional festivals of Karnataka are Hampi festival, Mahamastakabhisheka and Karaga Festival.

Every Karnataka festival can be considered as a Karnataka state festival.


Q. What is the main festival of Karnataka?

Ans. Kambala Festival

Q. What is the famous festival of Karnataka?

Ans. All the festivals which are being celebrated in Karnataka are equal popularity and importance among the local people.

Q. Which festival is today in Karnataka?

Ans. We can easily say that Karnataka has a festival for almost all seasons. So, no matter whichever month you plan to visit Karnataka. You will find a festival in that state.

Q. What are some of the upcoming festivals in Karnataka?

Ans. Navratri, Bhoomi Habba, and Dusshera are some of the exciting and upcoming Karnataka festivals.

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