Karnataka's groundnut festival 'Kadalekai Parishe' begins after a gap of two years
Karnataka's famous groundnut festival 'Kadalekai Parishe' begins on November 21, 2022, after a two-year Covid-19 hiatus.
A special puja was performed at the Doddabasavanna temple, and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai officially inaugurated the event.
Different varieties of groundnut supplied by farmers from all over Karnataka and neighboring states are the main attraction of the fair.
Bull Temple Road was lined with hundreds of vendors offering everything from flowers to jewellery, food and fruits, tattoos and artefacts, which drew crowds.
Kadalekai Parishe Festival
In the street opposite Basavanagudi is the famous Bull Temple, where the Kadalekai Parishe is held every year.
Groundnut farmers from Karnataka as well as neighbouring areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh bring bags of groundnuts to sell at the fair.
Many Bengaluru residents enter Kadalekai Palli to buy groundnuts and participate in cultural exchange.
The festival originated when a bull attacked the crops of groundnut farmers in Sankenahalli, Mavalli, Dasarahalli and Hosakerehalli (Karnataka villages), destroying the entire crop and causing them huge losses a few centuries ago.
Thereafter, King Kempegowda of Bangalore built a large temple at Basavanagudi to ward off the bull, and groundnut farmers made it a custom to pray at the temple with their first crop.
Every year, on the final Monday of the holy month of Karthika Masa, the Kadlekai Parishe is held.
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