Karnataka has a
multi-religious and a multi-cultural population. Hence a
variety of festivals are held in the state. Karnataka like
most of its southern neighbors has several temples which also
account for a number of festivals being held each year.
Dusshera, the most important Hindu festival is celebrated with
extravagance over a period of ten days. This festival was
started by the rulers of the Vijaynagar Empire. Other
festivals celebrated in Karnataka are Yugadi, Karaga
celebrated at the Darmaraya Temple and Rajyotsava Day. Makara
Samkramana, Sri Ramanavami, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh
Chaturthi and Deepavali are the other festivals celebrated in
Karnataka along with the rest of the country. The fairs which
are held in Karnataka are Sri Vithappa Fair, the Godachi Fair,
Shri Yellamma Devi Fair and Banashankari Devi Fair.