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Karaga Festival

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The centuries-old Karaga (temple fair) festival was recently held at the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in Bengaluru.

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GS I- Festivals

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  1. Karaga Festival
  2. Cultural significance of Karaga

Karaga Festival

  •  It is held every year in the Hindu calendar’s Chaitra month (March/April), and its origins may be traced back to the epic Mahabharata.
  • It reveres Draupadi as the ideal lady and Shakti, the Goddess of Power.
  • The name ‘Karaga’ refers to an earthen pot that holds a floral pyramid and a Goddess idol, and it is carried on the bearer’s head without being touched.
  • The carrier is dressed as a lady, with bangles, a mangal-sutra, and vermillion on his forehead.

Cultural significance of Karaga

  • The Karaga procession pays reverence to Tawakkal Mastan at Astana e-Hazrath Tawakkal Mastan Shah Saharwardi Dargah, as is traditional.
  • The Muzavvar family has cared for the Dargah, a symbol of syncretic Sufism, for several generations.
  •  According to them, the Dargah’s history dates back at least 300 years, when Tawakkal Mastan, who came to Bengaluru with his horses looking for economic possibilities, was regarded as a saint.
  • Mastak was a patron of the ruler at the time, Hyder Ali, for his excellent actions.

-Source: The Hindu


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