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Bangalore goes ‘nuts’ with Kadalekai Parishe

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Image Credits: Deccan Chronicle

Kadalekai Parishe is a Groundnut festival that takes place every year in Bangalore at Bull temple, Basavangudi.
Groundnut sellers from surrounding rural areas and from some parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu come with jute bags of Groundnuts giving the Temple road a festive look.


The 480 years old traditional peanut festival of 2016 was a grand two-day affair. Piles of roasted, boiled and salted groundnuts were heaped on the pavements and roads all around the temple. Thousands of people from all around the IT capital, Bangalore came to visit the fair and buy fresh groundnuts.


This year the vendors were afraid that demonetization would affect their business, but to a surprise the crowd was even more as compared to previous year.
Yadurappa, a Bangalorean, who visited the festival to buy groundnuts, said

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A farmer from Andhra Pradesh said “I feared that my 10 bags of groundnuts would not be sold due to demonetization and I would have to return with losses. But with lord Basava’s grace not only all of my groundnut’s got sold and I even made a profit”.


To bring some change and create awareness for environmental protection, plastics were banned at the fair. Many cultural events like street play, dances were held keeping the environmental theme on mind.

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Image Credits: Deccan Chronicle


G. Padmavathi, the Mayor, inaugurated the fair and offered freshly grown groundnuts to Lord Basava. While remembering her connection with the peanut fair, she said “I traditionally visit this fair every year to buy groundnuts”.
The Kadalekai Parishe has a very interesting history of its origin. It is said that some 480 years ago during Kempegowda’s era the place Basavangudi was surrounded with farmlands and farmers living there used to harvest rich groundnuts.

But they had to face huge losses as on every full moon night, a raging bull used to run into the fields destroying all the groundnut crops and harvest. To prevent this bull from destroying their crops, the farmers offered prayers to Lord Basava and promised to give god the first crop that they grow in order to maintain peace and avoid losses. To their surprise the farmers on the next day found an idol on their fields instead of damaged crops. From then on, the first yields of groundnuts are offered to the lord and gave this festival its historic importance.


The roads were blocked with vehicles and locals came to buy fresh groundnuts. Under the shade of trees, groundnut sellers there were hawkers selling some delicious snacks like puffed rice, bonda and slices of fruits like watermelon and cucumber. There were also small carts selling wooden toys, sugarcane juice and sweets like mysore pak and jalebi’s.


A few traffic police were appointed on the bull temple road to manage traffic for the two-day festival. They had made diversions in between road to pass the traffic. Basavaraju, a traffic controller on the Bull Temple road said “there is always this huge traffic during the festival and it is hard to mange so many vehicles, so we suggest Bangaloreans to avoid to bring vehicles as there is less parking space in the hillock”.


Seema on her visit to the Kadalekai Parishe said “I always come with my husband and son to buy raw groundnuts, my son likes the salted one and we really enjoy our time on every year visit”.


After the two-day successful Kadalekai Parishe (Peanut) festival, when the crowds got dispersed, the Bull temple road regained its original shape of that of a road with usual traffic. The festival offers people to take a peek into one’s traditional culture and it is a place for people of all kinds to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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