Walk on the streets of Bengaluru from December 9 and you will hear the buzz of ‘Kadelkai, Kadelkai” everywhere. This is the buzz that is created because of Bengaluru’s one of the oldest folk festivals known as “Kadlekai Parishe ”. It is held annually in Basavanagudi, along the road across from the well-known Bull Temple. In simple words, it is known as the ground festival. Here’s why it is celebrated, as are the traffic curbs around Basavanagudi.
Bengaluru’s Kadlekai Parishe Begins From Dec 9
Bengaluru Kadlekai Parishe. Annual groundnut Fair, uniquely Bengaluru event which sees traders from the state and neighbouring Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh display their produce. It is now a major social event, eminently instagrammable😜 pic.twitter.com/CzTuaZwLE9
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Thousands of Bengaluru locals visit the Kadlekai Parishe to purchase groundnuts and take part in the cultural exchange. The groundnut fair is typically scheduled for one day, although it lasts longer if the farmers decide to sell all of their groundnut inventory. In order to sell their groundnuts at the fair, groundnut farmers from all across the state—including nearby Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh—bring bags of the crop.
There is also a fascinating backstory to “Kadlekai Parishe.” A bull charged into the groundnut farms of Sunkenahalli, Mavalli, Dasarahalli, and Hosakerehalli, Karnataka, a few centuries ago, causing the farmers to suffer enormous losses.
Malleshwaram KaDlekai(Groundnut) Parishe (Fair) pic.twitter.com/1AiKHyKXgF
— Abhishek Upadhya (@_logik) December 3, 2023
Bengaluru’s monarch Kempegowda built a sizable Basava (Nandi) temple in Basavanagudi to get rid of the bull, and ever since, groundnut farmers have made it a routine to give prayers at the temple along with their first crop.
Every year, on the final Monday of the holy month of Karthika Masa, there is a celebration known as the Kadlekai Parishe. Groundnuts are showered over the Nandi in the Basavangudi bull temple as offerings each year during the fair.
Eighth Month Of The Lunar Calendar
ಬಸವನಗುಡಿಯ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣಪತಿ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಡೇ ಕಾರ್ತಿಕ ಸೋಮವಾರದ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ ಶ್ರೀ ಮಹಾಗಣಪತಿಗೆ ಕಡಲೆಕಾಯಿ ಅಭಿಷೇಕ.
— Akash Dixit | ಆಕಾಶ್ ದೀಕ್ಷಿತ್ (@dixithru) November 21, 2022
The eighth month of the lunar calendar, or “Kaarthika maasa,” is when the fair begins, and many people flock here to worship Ganapathi and Nandi on that day.
Kadlekai Parishe has long been a popular destination for culture, particularly for Bengaluru photographers who want to capture the charming sacks there.
Dodda Ganesha, a huge black Ganesha idol, is also showered with groundnuts on this day.
Traffic Advisory To Follow
— Anjali (@anjalihegde) November 28, 2016
In anticipation of the groundnut fair, known as Kadlekai Parishe, which is scheduled to take place this weekend on Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi, southern Bengaluru, police have issued a traffic advisory to accommodate the thousands of people expected.
Cars entering Hanumanthanagar from Lalbagh West Gate via Vani Vilas Road, Chamarajpet, and Gandhi Bazaar Main Road will need to turn right at Ramakrishna Ashrama Circle and continue via Hayavadana Rao Road, Gavipuram 3rd Cross.
— Dr. Vidhyaa Dayanandh (@Gulaaabi) November 13, 2017
Those travelling from RV Teacher’s College Junction towards Trinity Hospital Road and those heading towards Hanumanthanagar via Bugle Rock Road will need to turn right at Tagore Circle, take Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, cross Ramakrishna Ashrama Circle, and take Gavipuram Extension 3rd Cross.
Transportation from Thyagarajanagar or Banashankari heading towards Chamarajpet on Bull Temple Road needs to veer left at Kamat Hotel Junction, proceed through Ashoknagar 2nd Cross, turn right at Kathriguppe Road Junction, and proceed to Narayanaswamy Circle via 3rd Main Road.
From there, they can proceed towards Chamarajpet via KG Nagar Main Road or Hayavadana Rao Road.
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