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Bengaluru rises above ‘hate’, temple committee and dargah decide to hold annual Karaga festival

To send a strong message to the self-proclaimed religious guardians of Hindu and Muslim communities who indulge in religious polarization, the Dharmarayaswamy Temple Committee and the Tawakkal Dargah Committee greeted each other and agreed to hold the annual karaga festival together. Dargah’s peers prayed for the temple priest Jnanendra and invited him to lead the karaga this time.

The Hindu-Muslims came together and decided to hold the famous Bengaluru karaga festival at the Dharmarayaswamy temple. The delegation of Dargah peers from Tawakkal Mastan proceeded to the temple premises, held a dua and blessed the temple priest Janendraswamy to lead the karaga this time.

The Muslim leaders after meeting with the temple committee said that this time too the karaga festival should be held jointly and follow the tradition of karaga reaching the premises of Dargha for a short time and giving darshan.

According to reports, the karaga festival is over 300 years old and Tighala or Vanikula Kshetriya considers this a great occasion. Thousands of devotees attend to see karaga. According to their belief, Draupadhi from the epic Mahabharata deserves the honor for what she went through. The community regards Draupadhi as the symbol of courage and the ideal woman and releases Karaga as a mark of respect towards her.

Karaga means a mud pot and a carrier wears it on his head with flower decoration and places the idol of the goddess. The community bearer dresses as a woman and organizes a gathering.

Why does karaga stop at Dargah?

It is said that around 300 years ago, the Tawakkal Mastan came to the city looking for business and impressed Hyder Ali who was then the ruler, and granted him land but Mastan asked the ruler to build a Masjid and serve people. At the same time, a Hindu philanthropist Dharmaraya also asked Hyder Ali to build a temple and a cur to foster Hindu-Muslim brotherhood, which the ruler did. As a symbol of brotherhood, the Hindu priest takes out Karaga and attains Dargha as a symbol of friendship, even to this day in the annual Karaga festival.