Go nuts over this festival

If there are two things in life – make that 3 – that I can eat non-stop, its gotta be groundnuts (aka peanuts), corn-on-the-cob and its offshoot, popcorn. They don’t call me nutty for nutting, you know!

So when I read in the papers about the annual Kadalekai Parishe ( Groundnuts Festival) in Basavanagudi, boy, I knew I had to go – this was right up my street. Actually, it turned out to involve a commute from one end of town to the other but man, it was still worth it.

Reminiscent of a village fair but smack in the middle of one of Bangalore’s traditional bastions – Basavanagudi and its famous landmark – the Bull Temple, you’ll find people thronging this fair by the thousands. Its full of hustle, bustle, riotous colour, smells et al. and boy, your muscles need to be in fine shape to cover one end of the street to the other before you enter the temple premises, climb the steps and pay obeisance. Still, its good fun. I enjoyed it thoroughly even as my conscience decried the goofing off from work.

Entrance to the main temple

Even a couple from overseas were caught up with the festival. Here they are showing interest in trinkets!

Competition to the humble groundnut but not quite there – no takers!

The stars of the show – mounds and mounds of Kadelekai!


Free food from social service organisation(s) had people standing in line.

My eye also caught this beautiful building – the Ganjam Mantapa closeby


Lastly, I was all the more happy to come all the way because it gave me a chance to check out this eatery.


Here’s what I had – a simple, nutritious, power packed, ‘ mannina maga’ food that would have had Deve Gowda & his ilk smiling from ear to ear!


Had enough of static pictures. Here’s a video.

More information about the event here, here & here.


5 Comments so far

  1. rubic_cube (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

    Ravi… is that a dosa/uthappa made from ragi? Damn… I gotta chk that place out now!!

  2. Mytri (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 8:12 pm

    Thank You very much for all these pictures. We are enjoying seeing out hometown from various angles. So keep posting. Even pictures of Brigade Road and Commercial street as well as the various other shopping centers are fun to look at.
    Thank you

  3. Ravi (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    R_C: Its more ‘roti’ than ‘dosa’. This raagi roti is a variation on that hugely popular dish – ‘akki roti’! The latter was supposed to be former CM Gundu Rao’s fav. breakfast item!!

    Mytri: Welcome! Glad you liked the post…hope you got to see the video as well? Do give us suggestions and tips as well…we will try to oblige slowly but surely!


  4. anita (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    this is awesome ravi! i wish i could have gone too. would have been a great photo op for me :) but it was during a weekday sadly. but nice to see you made it never the less!

    (ps: can you get rid of that ugly date stamp from your pics?:) i think it is a camera setting).

  5. RAvi (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    Thanks, Anita. Re: date setting, sorry, do not know how to remove it…appears as default!

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