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> Important Festivals
An annual ritual at Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur,
In this more than 50 elephants are fed special food, is done to propitiate Lord Ganesha, who, according to Hindu belief, removes obstacles in one’s life.
Ritual was started to help elephants paraded at the 1982 Games’ opening ceremony regain health.
The festival is dedicated to Goddess Mahakali, thanking her for fulfilling the wishes of her devotees.
Bonalu is a popular festival celebrated in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Apart from Yellamma, during the Bonalu festival, the different forms of Mahakali are worshipped,
Including Mysamma, Dokkalamma, Pedamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Poleramma and Ankalamma.
During this, the devotees offer rice cooked with milk and jaggery in an earthen or brass pot, which is decorated with neem leaves, turmeric and vermilion.
- Women carry these pots on their heads to temples.
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> Keshava temple at Somanathapur
The 13th-century Keshava temple also called “poetry in stone”, is getting a makeover ahead of the proposed visit of the UNESCO team to inspect the Hoysala monument nominated for inscription as a World Heritage Site.
The Chennakesava Temple, is a Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of River Kaveri at Somanathapura, Karnataka, India.
The temple was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala King Narasimha III.
It is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) east of Mysuru city
Hoysalas combined Vesara and Dravida styles and developed a new Hoysala style.
- Star shaped platform
- The jagati around the temple is the open pradakshinapatha.
- Polished pillar with a variety of designs.
- Elaborate carvings and beautifully carved madanika figures.
- Vimana(shikara) in pyramidical shape.
- Most of their temples are in Bhumija style. In this style, miniature shikhara is carved on the outer wall of the temple.
The Archaeological Survey of India has now taken up conservation work at this important Buddhist site near Kalaburagi.
- It is an ancient Buddhist site on the bank of the Bhima river near Kanaganahalli in the Kalaburagi district.
- Magnificent Maha Stupa, which was referred to as Adholoka Maha Chaitya (the Great Stupa of the netherworlds) in the inscriptions and,
- The stone portrait of Emperor Ashoka, surrounded by his queens and female attendants considered to be the only surviving image of the Mauryan Emperor which had the inscription ‘Raya Asoko’ in Brahmi on it.