A Nutty fair to remember!
Traditionally, farmers & groundnut growers from all over Karnataka and the neighbouring states come to Bangalore to offer mounds of their first groundnuts produce to the huge idol of Basava during Nov/Dec every year, when the groundnuts have been harvested, a groundnut fair is held near the temple premises. Groundnuts or peanuts are special in many ways , a reason enough for Bangaloreans to look forward to the annual groundnut fair .
One of the oldest temples in Bangalore situated in Basavanagudi is dedicated to Nandi,(The sacred Bull) the mount of Lord Shiva. built in the 16th century. The magnificent Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long has been carved out of single granite rock.The temple was supposedly built to appease a bull devouring all the groundnut grown in the area. The bull stopped inflicting damage and the thankful farmers held a groundnut fair near the temple premises which continues even today!
A picture taken at the Fair...