India’s tech city usually throngs with the IT crowd, but on Monday punters and farmers will stream into town for the Hindu Kadlekai Parishe festival, giving Bangalore the vibe of a country fair

On the last Monday of the Hindu month of Kartik (our 28 November), hundreds of farmers will travel to Bangalore’s Bull Temple from surrounding rural areas, carrying their newly harvested peanut crop in large jute sacks. The 16th-century temple and its neighbouring streets in Basavanagudi, south Bangalore, become the setting for the annual Kadlekai Parishe (peanut fair). After they make an offering to dodda basava – the “big bull”, a four-metre high statue of Shiva’s mount – the remaining crop is heaped in great piles on the pavements and roads surrounding the temple and sold during the two-day festival.

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Source: The Guardian

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