The Bangalore karag is is the festival of kshthriyas community schedule to perform on Chaitra poornami day of every year. This is the festival of adishakti droupadi. The literary meaning of karaga is explained asn ka+ra+ga
The KA =kailli muttade (without touching by band)
RA =Rundadalli dharisi (bearing on the head)
The total meaning of karaga is bearing the diety on head without touching by hand moving around.
It is believed that aadishakti droupadi will come down from heaven to earch and stay for 3 days with the community people. In this connection community people will perform vartha for 11 days in a year from the day of Chaitra shrashti to 11 days. The details of varta is given bellow:
The vrata start with dwajarohana on chaitrashrashti day. The kula gouda of the community, dasaiah, kolkara and veerakumaras bring the temple karthas like ganachari, gante pujari, karga pujari pootharaj pujari to the temple.
Thirtha Snana (Holi bath) on the eve of Shakthi Aradhane and to receive Adishakthi to this earth it is customary to make eternal Shuddi, Shanthi, For this purpose Shuddi Karya and Thirtha Snana will take place in 8 directions in the city from the next day of dwajarohana. The Thirtha Snana will take place along with Thrishula, Bhandhara Chati, Kalasha, Ghante, Dhamaruga, Manthradanda and Baku, Karaga Pujari, Gante Pujari, Chatri Chamara, Nadaswara and Banka Dasaiah. It is believed that the Potharaja Pujari with Thrishula, the sound of Banka, the Power of Bandhara Chati and Kalasha will clear all the evil forces on the earth. The Karaga poojari will take holy bath and perform pooja, by praying Goddess to keep away the evil forces from the holy place.
On the sixty day of Karaga Festival, i.e. on Yekadashi Aarathi Seva will be performed, On this day ladies of the community prepare the aarathi with rice floor and decorates it with flower and performe Pooja.
Hasi Karaga takes place near the Sampangi Tank which is one of the oldest tanks in Bangalore. The whole place is decorated with flowers, lights and leaves. The devotees wait for hours together to get a glimpse of the Goddess as the procession takes place. The Hasi Karaga is decorated with red cloth, jewellery and flowers and placed on a Peetha (altar) in the "Mantapa". Along with this a Magical Stick and Knife is also placed. The Karaga Bearer then performs pooja to this. At this time the Veerakumaras burn camphor and Devotees start chanting the name of the Lord Govinda.
Ladies Will feed the food to the devotees.ladies of the community assemble and make Pongal Prasada to offer Adhishakthi Draupadi Devi.
The eleventh day is the last day of the vratha. The karthas and veerakumaras will assemble near temple under the leadership of Gowda, Gnachar, Chakridaras at 4 pm As a mark of successful completion of the Karaga shakthyotsava function the vasanthotsava will be celebrated.