A click from one of the previous editions of the fest. | Photo: Karnataka Tourism
Bengaluru: The annual ‘Kadalekai Parishe’ festival, popularly known as groundnut festival, has begun in Basavanagudi of Bengaluru. The festival, which welcomes the first yield of the groundnut crop grown this season witnesses participation of a large number of people.Hundreds of farmers bring in sacks of groundnut from various parts of Karnataka and the neighbouring states to sell it to the thousands of buyers throng Basavanagudi. Since it has become a popular festival, several shops selling groundnut products, bangles, traditional toys and clay trinkets, plastic and glass dolls, mehndi tattoos and eateries have also been set up along the road near the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi. Cultural events also take place in connection with the Parishe. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai inaugurating the fest. | Photo: Twiter/Tejasvi_Surya
“Traditionally this area used to have groundnut fields. Cattle used to come and eat the harvest of farmers, therefore, to please the gods of cattle, they started celebrating this festival where farmers themselves gives part of their harvest to cattle and gods,” a visitor explained significance of the fest.
ಬಸವನಗುಡಿಯ ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ಮೇಲೆ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಬಸವನನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿ, ಕ್ರಿ.ಶ. 1537ರಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡರು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದ ಈ ಆಚರಣೆ ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಮುಂದುವರೆದಿರುವು… t.co/ehHeiTaV7i
— ANI (@ANI) Nov 20, 2022
According to the legend, the villages near the bull temple such as Sunkenahalli, Gavipuram Guttahalli, Mavalli, Dasarahalli were groundnut fields. It was believed that a bull would charge into the groundnut fields and damage the crop on every full moon day. To stop this, farmers then offered prayers to Basava and pledged to offer their first crop. This annual offering has become a mega event over the years and it is accompanied by the annual fair.
Another lore says, in 1537, the founder of Bangalore Kempe Gowda had prayed at the temple for the welfare of the farmers following which he had a vision of a treasure. This treasure was later unearthed and used to build a temple on line lines of Hampi of Vijayanagar empire.
📍ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ ಮತ್ತು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಬಸವ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ, ಬಸವನಗುಡಿ. ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ವಿಶ್ವ ವಿಖ್ಯಾತ ಕಡಲೇಕಾಯಿ ಪರೀಷೆಯು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ ಮತ್ತು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಬಸ… t.co/iBb1df1nu7
— ANI (@ANI) Nov 21, 2022This year’s event was inaugurated by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday evening. He promised a heritage park in Basavanagudi and also said funds will be earmarked in the upcoming budget for the rejuvenation of the nearby Kempambudhi Lake.
ಕಾರ್ತಿಕ ಮಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಬಸವನಗುಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುವ ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಕಡಲೆಕಾಯಿ ಪರಿಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜನಸಾಗರ. ದೊಡ್ಡಗಣಪತಿ ಮತ್ತು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಬಸವಣ್ಣ… t.co/EOcU3FVaxw
— ANI (@ANI) Nov 20, 2022
In the 480-year old history of Kadalekai Parishe, 2020 was the first and only year that the fair wasn’t held due to covid restrictions.