Published on: April 19, 2022




The 9-day Karaga festival comes to end in Bengaluru


  • Tradition started and sustained by a Tamil speaking community of gardeners called Thigalars
  • Held at the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in Bangalore
  • A priest dressed in female attire leads a spectacular procession, to the accompaniment of dazzling swordplay by a number of dhoti-clad, bare-chested Thigalars. On his head, he carries a flower-bedecked pyramid
  • A unique feature of the Karaga is the unbroken tradition of visiting the tomb of an 18th-century Muslim saint, this custom has become a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity.
  • Devotees take out a large procession as part of Karaga celebrations, carrying earthen pots on their heads


  • 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 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