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Karnataka


Bangalore Badami Belur and Halebid Mysore
Aihole Hampi Nagarhole National Park Bandipur National Park

The name Karnataka is derived from Karunadu, literally, lofty land. As much of Karnataka is high plateau land, the name is fully justified. The history of Karnataka goes back to the period of the epics. 

Coastal Karnataka is about 65 km broad at its widest. A dozen rivers flow through this coastal strip in swift abandon, their banks swollen during the three monsoon months (July September) of torrential rain. 

As varied as the land are its people. In Karnataka's southern corner, amidst the hills and valleys of Coorg, live the tall and sinewy Kodagu people whose picturesque costumes are in striking contrast to the simpler lifestyle of the people on the coast.

Karnataka, with its capital at Bangalore, is home to a fascinating legacy of richly carved temples, imposing mosques and trappings of a royal past. Mysore, the capital of the erstwhile princely state, has a profusion of palaces and museums. Nearby Srirangapatnam is linked to the memory of one of the old state's best-known rulers Tipu Sultan. 

Somnathpur, a few miles away, has a magnificently carved temple. Belur and Halebid have between them a series of carved stone temples. For perfection of finish, wealth of detail and sheer artistry, they are unrivaled specimens of the art of temple sculpture. Hassan, with a comfortable hotel, makes the perfect base from which to explore the riches of Belur and Halebid. Also a short distance away, Shravanbelagola is famous as the pinnacle of the sculptor's art. A figure 120 meters tall has been carved out of a single piece of granite in 183 AD.

General information 
Population:                   52,733,958 

Area:                           191,791 sq km 

Capital: 
                      Bangalore 

Languages:                 Spoken Kannada 

District:                       27 

People:                       Per Sq. km 275 

Literacy:                     67.04% 


Fairs and Festivals 

Mysore Dassara 
Mysore Dassara as it is famously called is a 10-day long festival. On the day of Dussehra, a procession of caparisoned elephants carrying the idol of goddess Chamundi is taken through the city. The festival is celebrated in a grand style with scores of cultural performances in the great Durbar Hall of the Maharaja's Palace.

While most parts of India celebrate Dussehra in commemoration of Lord Rama's victory over the demon-king Ravana, Karnataka celebrates it in honour of Goddess Chamundeswari who killed the great demon, Mahishasura.

Pattadakal dance Festival 
Pattadakal, ancient capital of the Chalukya's celebrates dance festival against the backdrop of the temples.


Karaga Festival 

Celebrated in the Dharmaraya temple in Nagarathapet in April. Karaga is an earthen pot covered with flowers, which is carried on the head by a priest dressed like a woman. Sword brandishing devotees known as Veerakumars on a moonlit night follow the priest in a procession. The festival celebrates the incarnation of primordial power. 

Hampi Dance & Music Festivals 

The magnificent ruined city of Hampi, once the capital of Vijaynagar Empire, comes alive once again during this lively festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November. 

Art and Handicraft 

Bidriware 
These highly skilled artisans engraved and inlaid their traditional Iranian designs on to a metal alloy composed of lead, copper, zinc and tin, which they blackened and polished. 

In both design and decoration, the artifacts were heavily influenced by typical Islamic features of the time. The resulting effect of the swirling silver floral motifs framed by geometric patterns and set against black background has since become the hallmark of Muslim metal work in India.

Sandalwood Incenses
Mysore is one of the main centers of incense manufacture in India. The incense sticks are hand-made usually by women and children and a good worker can turn out at least 10000 sticks in a day.

The incense sticks are made with thin slivers of bamboo, which is dyed red or green at one end. Then the sandalwood putty paste is rolled onto the stick. The sticks are then dipped into small piles of powdered perfume and laid out to harden in the shade 

 

 

NORTHERN STATES- Delhi -|- Hariyana  -|- Himachal -|- Jammu- Kashmir -|- Punjab  -|- 
Uttar Pradesh
-|- Uttranchal 
SOUTHERN STATES - Andaman & Nikkobar  -|- Karnataka -|- Kerala -|- Lakshdweep
Pondicherry 
-|-  Tamilnadu -|-  Andhra Pradesh
WESTERN STATES - Daman and Diu -|- Goa  -|- Gujrat  -|- Rajasthan  -|- Maharastra 
EASTERN STATES - Arunachal -|- Assam -|-  Manipur -|- Meghalaya -|- 
Mizoram
-|- Nagaland  -|- Orissa  -|- Sikkim -|- Tripura -|- West Bengal  -|- Bihar -|- Jharkhand
CENTRAL STATES- Madhya Pradesh -|-   Chattisgarh

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