Friday, April 30, 2010

Ulsoor Palakki

The Ulsoor Palaki or Floral Chariot festival is held at Ulsoor in North-West Banaglore during the Hindu month of Chaitra (around April) every year.
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More than 100 beautifully decorated Palakis take part in the procession that starts in the midnight till noon the next day. Each temple in the vicinity takes part in the Festival. People throng the procession to get the blessings of the preceding deity.
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Irrespective caste and religion, people take part in the preparation of these beautiful floral chariots. This is also an occasion where artists , small time shop keepers make some money. Jasmine ( Mallige Hoova) is vastly used in the decoration of the Floral Chariots.
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Below is the Palaki from the famous Sri Someshwara Temple with Godess Kamakshi in the procession.
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Designs of the Floral Palakis are basically round, with new designs each year. There are Palakis that are only made of pearls. These Palakis can be re-used every year.
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Temples usually hire these from places like Anekal specially for this occasion.
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People below having a great time with drummers adding to the fanatics.
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I hope you enjoyed the the floral retreat and cherished the rich cultutal heritage of Namma Bangaluru. Until next time with a new post; bye from Kummi,Take care netizens.

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