Festivals In Karnataka

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Celebrate Maha Parv Chhath puja in Bangalore

Celebrate Maha Parv Chhath puja in Bangalore

Vanue - Sankey Tank, Sadashivnagar, Bangalore

Maha Parv Chath being celebrated at Shankey tank Bangalore. This tank adjacent to Sanky tank is also used for Chhath Puja celebration in Bangalore. Evening arghya and morning arghya is memorable at this place. Sankey Tank is near to Mekhri circle. The event was well organized by Siddhartha Samiti. There was Prasad distribution after the puja. 

Date and Time

Nahai Khai          Monday October 27 Chaturthi

Kharna          Tuesday         October 28 Panchami

Sandhya Argh         Wednesday October 29 Shashthi 4.00 PM

Suryodaya Argh Thursday         October 30 Saptami 5.00 AM



Venue of Kali Puja in Bangalore


Kali Puja is celebrated after Durga puja and coincides with Diwali

Usually celebrated on the new moon night after nineteen days of Durga puja which always coincides with Diwali, this practice of Kali puja has been there for ages. The main purpose of the puja is to seek the help of the goddess in destroying evil - both in the outside world and within us. Kali could easily be termed as fearsome in demeanor but for most she is the protector of the Universe.

Venue of Kali Puja in Bangalore are as follows....


Sri Sri Kali Puja 2014
Vinayaka Layout
101/486, III Cross, Vinayaka Layout, Whitefield , Bangalore

Dates: 23rd Oct, 8 PM Onwards, Dinner 7 PM Onwards, Pushpanjali around 11.30 PM for people who are fasting.
24th Oct, 4 PM Onwards Bisarjan and Sindur Khela followed by Dinner. All are invited. Please call 9845542229 - Gopal Mondal for more details.

Ulsoor Burial Ground- Smashana Kali Temple
Smashana Kali Temple according to Kaveri, is large and distinctive and I was surprised not to find more information about it and its history.The statute of Kali is pretty classic, painted blue with a red tongue and eight arms. She is usually shown standing with her foot on Lord Shiva.

Vidyaranyapura - Sri Kalika Durga Parameshwari Temple

The temple is also referred as Swetha Kshetra. Sri Kalika Durga Parameshwari Temple located in Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore is without doubt one of the outstanding temples of Bangalore. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kalika Durga Parameshwari. The supreme Goddess is worshiped in this temple in perfect incarnation of Sri Durga Parameshwari, resplendent with an feeling that radiates far afield. A mere glimpse of this divine mother is sufficient to chase away any ill effects for the thronging devotees and lead in happiness & prosperity in their lives.
Temple Address

Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Durgadevi Layout, Thindlu,
Bangalore - 560097.
Phone : +91-80-23640048

Krishnarajpuram - Bangalore Kalibari

Address - 5th Cross, Viginapura, ( Opposite FCI godown gate )
Bangalore – 560013

While proceeding towards K.R. Puram Rly Stn from Indira Nagar end on Old Madrass Road, you would find Big Bazar on your right. Proceed towards rly stn. You would have to pass below a rly bridge and after that you would have to pass below the Outer Ring Road over bridge (that goes to Hebbal). Keep proceeding towards rly stn. You would find the K.R. Puram hanging bridge (just like our Bidhan Setu in Howrah) starting point. At this juncture, please keep yourself to the left and do not climb the hanging bridge. This juncture is basically a BMTC Bus Stand and there is also a temple on the left. Now please watch to your left – you would find a RANKA Building and a road leading to the left. Take this road and see on your right – a big appartment complex named “AISHWARIYA”. Follow the road as it leads you to a rly level crossing. Take a right U turn after the rly crossing and follow the road as it leads you to FCI godown. Keep watching on your left – there is a Ganesha Temple on your left. Cross the temple. Watch for a Chicken Shop on your left which is just about 100 ft. from the Ganesh Temple. At the Chicken Shop is the 5th Cross to your left. Take this road and keep watching to your right for the BANGALORE KALIBARI which is about 100 ft from the main road.

Map -

Ram Krishna Math, Bull Temple Road, Bangalorer -19

For more info ..

KumarSwamy Layout

Sri Sri Kali Puja & Diwali
on 23rd October at Ganesha Temple, Near ISRO Layout Bus Stand
ISRO Layout, Bangalore - 560078
Contact - 97411 01471


List of Durga Puja celebration Venue and pandals in Bangalore City

List of Durga Puja celebration Venue and pandals in Bangalore City


Name of the Association


Mekhri Circle The Bengalee Association Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds, Mekhri Circle
Koramangala 8th Block Sarathi Socio-Cultural Trust Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, 80 Ft Road, Koramangala 8th Block. Next to Aangan Restaurant and opposite to Ganesh Temple.
JP Nagar Anandadhara Durga Puja 1st phase, 11th B cross, 25th main, JP Nagar. Contact Arnab @ 9743744580
Electronic City, Phase 1 Durgapuja Sharad Utsav 2012 Opposite to Wipro Gate 16, (Beside Ajmera Infinity), Electronic City, Phase 1, Bangalore 100
Indiranagar Tripura Mondoli Durga Puja # 6A , 9th Cross, 1st Stage, Indiranagar
Indiranagar Socio Cultural Association 6th Main, Between Indiranagar 100 Ft. Road and 80 Ft. Road or take the road Opposite to Spencer's.
Koramangala Sarathi Socio Cultural Forum Muni Reddy Kalayana Mantapa, 6th Block, 80 Ft Road , Koramangala, Opp. BMP Park & Near Koramangala Post Office
Sarjapur Outer Ring Road SORRBA Sarjapur Outer Ring Road Bengali Association - Total Mall in Outer Ring road, Sarjapur.
RT Nagar RT Nagar Sarbajanin Durga Puja at the Sai Baba Temple, Near Patel's Inn
Malleshwaram Prabasi Association's Canara Bank Union Hall, 15th Cross, Malleshwaram.
Sanjaynagar Antaranga Bengali Cultural Association Ramana Maharishi Centre for Learning, Post Office Road, Sanjaynagar
Seshadripuram Vivekananda Cultural Association Seshadripuram 1st Grade College, Opposite Railway Reservation Counter
Jayamahal Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Puja Jayamahal Ladies Club Ground, Adjacent to Jayamahal Park.
Marathalli Munikolala Durga Puja Opposite Innovative Multiplex, Marathalli
Kodigehalli Sahakara Nagar Durga Puja Sahakara Nagar, Kodigehalli, Bellary Road
Hudson Circle and Bangalore Corporation Swarnakar Samiti Beside Hotel Geo, Near Hudson Circle and Bangalore Corporation.
Kagadasapura Kaggadaspura Durga Puja Anisha Grange Apartment, 6th Cross, Near SCT College, Kagadasapura
Jayanagar South Bangalore Cultural Association G N R Kalyana Mantapa, 4th T Block, Jayanagar
Cambridge Layout Airforce Command Hospital Inside Command Hospital,Cambridge Layout.
BIOCON Factory, Hosur Road Hebagudi Durga Puja Near Hebagudi Bus Stand, Beside BIOCON Factory, Hosur Road.
Banaswadi Near Uttam Sagar Restaurant, Banaswadi Main Road Near Uttam Sagar Restaurant, Banaswadi Main Road
Silk Board Oriya Association Road next to Mantri Elegant leading to Silk Board Bus Stand.
Attibele Bangalore Rural Association Sedul Dassappa Kalyana Mantap, Near Attibele Bus Terminal Circle.
JP Nagar 8th Phase Brigade Gardenia Durga Puja Brigade Gardenia Apartments , RBI Layout, JP Nagar 8th Phase, Near Brigade Millenium, Puttenahalli.
KR Puram KR Puram Durga Puja SEA College Campus, Near KR Puram Main Market.
Murgeshpalya Air Force Colony Murgeshpalya Durga Puja Murgeshpalya Army Base, Wind Tunnel Road, Near Manipal Hospital.
Marathalli Purvankara Apartment Residential Association Near Spicy Garden Restaurant, Marathalli
WhiteField Whitefield Cultural Association Close to Nilgiris in Whitefield, WhiteField Main Road
ITPL Road Purva Bangalore Cultural Association VSR Convention Hall, ITPL Road, Brookfields next to Cafe Coffee Day.
St. Johns Road Bengalee Association Durga Puja RBANMs (Exhibition) Ground, St. Johns Road (Off Commercial Street) - Opposite Ajanta Theatre
JP Nagar Socio Cultural Association Durga Puja Shree Kala Mantap, #70, 15th Cross Road, 3rd Phase, JP Nagar

Varamahalakshmi Festival

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Vara Mahalakshmi-:Karnataka


We at Karnataka celebrate Varamahalakshmi vratha on second friday of Shravana masa before full moon day. It is an auspicious day to worship goddess Lakshmi on this day and pray for your loved one's longeivity, health and wealth.The goddess, called Devi, Ambal, Lakshmi, Shakthi, is one of the most important figures in the Hindu pantheon. Tradition tells us to pray to the Goddess first, because with her kind and benevolent heart, she will intercede with the Lord for the granting of any boon.

While the goddess represents everything from power to prosperity, in the form of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, she is a symbol of wealth. Visitors to the hill shrine of Tirupati, after offering worship at the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Srinivasa, circumambulate the shrine and then come to the figurine of Goddess Lakshmi set high up in the wall. She is in standing posture with gold coins pouring out of her hand. They reach up and touch her feet. Even children, too small to reach the image, are lifted up and the ritual is gone through.

Vara Mahalakshmi In Karnataka, one of the most popular shrines .the winding steps take one-to-one manifestation of Lakshmi. It is said that Lakshmi will enter the house of anyone who thinks of her and bless them. There are many festivals in the year dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Among them, Varalakshmi Vratham is unique because it is marked by strict observance of certain practices and austerities. It is also called Varalakshmi Nonbu. The puja falls on Friday before the full moon in the Tamil month of Aadi. This year, it occurs on August 8th.

The name Varalakshmi itself can be interpreted in two ways. In one sense, Varalakshmi is one who grants boons. In another, she is the Goddess who is invited into the home and honoured. The different types of benefits that will accrue thanks to performing the Varalakshmi puja are "dhan" (money), "dhanyam" (grains or food), "arogyam" (health), "sampath" (property), "sathsanthanam" virtuous offspring and "dheerga saumangalyam" longevity of the husb and Performing the Varalakshmi puja is said to be equivalent to worshipping all the different forms of Lakshmi.

Location info:

District: Karnataka,India
Celebrate Time:July to August


During winter temperatures range from 32 degrees Celsius to below 20 degrees Celsius,Summer Average temperature is 34 degrees Celsius


It was a special day for women as Varamahalakshmi puja was celebrated with the worship of "kalasha," and many neighbourhoods particularly the old areas of the city .Women attired in their best not only celebrated the festival in their homes, but also visited each other's houses for the traditional "Arishina-kumkuma" and "aarti" in the evening."Varamahalakshmi vratha" is celebrated to bring home the Goddess of Wealth and "ask her to stay all year, bringing prosperity and wealth and good fortune to the family".


Varalakshmi Nombu, or Vara Mahalakshmi Puja, is a popular Hindu ritual observed by married women in Karnataka . Married women worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day. In Tamil Nadu the festival takes place in the Aadi month of r and in Karnataka in the Shravan month of Kannada.It is believed that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day gives the benefits of worshipping Ashta Lakshmi – the eight goddesses of Earth, Learning, Wealth, Love, Fame, Strength, Peace and Pleasure.Legend has it that Lord Shiva explained about the importance of Varalakshmi Nombu to Goddess Parvati, when the Goddess wanted to know about the most beneficial nombu or Vratam that married women should observe.

Shlokas dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi are recited, the idol of the goddess is decorated, a Kalash half-filled with rice and neck of the pot is decorated with fresh mango and betel leaves, a coconut smeared with haldi and kumkum and cloth are placed in the puja area and Goddess Lakshmi is invoked therein. Women fast till the puja is over. Special dishes like vada, mango rice, dal vadas and sweets like payasam are prepared on the day.Women gather in houses in the neighborhood and take part in community 'arathi' in the evening. They exchange gifts like bangles, kumkum, betel leaves, fruits and flowers.

Method of Celebration:

Varalakshmi Pooja:
This pooja falls on dwadasi as well as Friday in the month of Aadi or Aavani (Tamil month), the day in which goddess Lakshmi was born from the cosmic sea. Varalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and gives us whatever we want. To get the blessing of Lakshmi, we perform this pooja with great care and devotion. This pooja is celebrated in a grand manner.

The pooja room is cleaned the previous day (Thursday) and floral decorations and kolam with rice flour should be done. After cleaning the sombu (kalasam), put some coins, betel, betel nut, turmeric, lemon, comb, mirror, black bangles (very small), black beads, raw rice, kunguma chimizh (very small one) inside it. Arrange the mango leaves over this and keep a coconut on top. Fix the amman face on the coconut, then decorate the kalasam with flowers. Place some flowers. Keep the sombu in the pooja, prepare ven pongal for neivedhyam. Have faith that Goddess Lakshmi Herself is residing in that Kalssam. Perform karpoora aarathi.

yellow thread Pooja:
This pooja must be done with utmost dedication.To start the pooja, keep the goddess near the entrance of the house on the kolam (inside the house). Keep flowers. Then take karpoora aarathi. Then bring the deity to the pooja place singing the song "Lakshmi Raave maa inti ki" which means "Lakshmi please come to our house". In the mandha haasam, place a plaintain leaf and spread raw rice. Keep the kalasam on this and decorate the deity. Keep the nombu saradu (yellow thread) also.

First perform Vinayaka pooja to vinayaka (a conical shape made of turmeric powder). After finishing that pooja, start varalakshmi pooja. There are specific slokas and mantras. You could run the pooja slokas from the cassette or recite. After the pooja, neivedhyam to be kept and do karpoora aarathi. After aarathi, the ladies must tie the nonbu saradu in their right hand, reciting the sloka requesting the Goddess to reside with self. Offer thamboolam to the ladies. Being a Friday, giving thamboolam for as many ladies as possible is auspicious. In the night, perform mangala aarathi.

Culture of Festivities:

The goddess, called Devi, Ambal, Lakshmi, Shakthi, is one of the most important figures in the Hindu pantheon. Tradition tells us to pray to the Goddess first, because with her kind and benevolent heart, she will intercede with the Lord for the granting of any boon. While the goddess represents everything from power to prosperity, in the form of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, she is a symbol of wealth. 

The evening before the day of the puja, the area for its performance is cleaned and decorated. A bronze or silver kalasam (special pot) is filled with rice or water and coins, a whole lime, five types of leaves and betel leaves and betel nut. The kalasam is smeared with sandal paste and covered with a new cloth up to the neck. A coconut applied with turmeric paste is placed on top with mango leaves around. An image of the Goddess made of different materials, including cloth, is affixed to this. The kalasam is deemed to be the Goddess herself. Offerings of pongal are made and arathi is performed.

The next morning, before rahu kalam, the kalasam is placed on a bed of rice. This signifies that Lakshmi has entered the house. After the installation, a puja beginning with an invocation to Lord Vinayaka begins. During the puja, the Lakshmi Sahasranamam and other slokas dedicated to Varalakshmi are chanted. Different types of sweets are offered to the Goddess. The women and girls of the house tie yellow coloured saradu or thread around their wrists. Thamboolam is given to other "sumangalis" (married women) who are invited to the house that evening. The woman who has performed the puja observes a fast on that day, eating only certain items. The following day the holy water in the kalasam is sprinkled throughout the house. If rice has been used in the place of water then it is mixed with the rice stored in the house.

The legend behind Varalakshmi puja and the vratam is fascinating. It was a game of dice which caused a small tiff between Lord Shiva and Parvati as to who was the victor. An honest gana, Chitranemi, was asked to arbitrate and he decided in Shiva's favour. An angry Parvati cursed him to suffer from leprosy. When Shiva pleaded with her, she gave in and said the day women in the world observed Varalakshmi puja, Chitranemi would get deliverance. Chitranemi got relief when he observed some women performing the puja. Ever since then, this vratham has been observed.


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