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Bheemana Amavasya: As pancha pandavas are the dieties of this temple, there is a prominence for Bheemasena in this temple. On this day newly married couple will be bless by Bheemasena with his mighty power. On this day Bheemarathotsava will be held traditionally. At 5:00 Am in the morning abhisheka will be performed to the main god in the temple. After the decoration to god is done the utsvamurthi of Bheema will be adorned in the chariot and it will be taken in a procession to the important roads like DharmarayaSwamy Main Road, Annayappa Main Road, Thigalarapete main road, Sardar Pathrappa Road and Pahilwan Krishnappa road and finally will be brought back to the original place. Then the mahamangalarathi is performed followed by distribution of theertha prasadam to the devotees.

Draupadi Devi Jayanthi: This festival is celebrated during August and September with pomp and gaiety. On this day main archakas are summoned for chalking out the different programmes and poojas. The programme starts by offering 108 kalasas. Out of these 108 kalasas 30 kalasas are important. Special Arathis and Homas (Abhivrudhi homas) are performed brahmins. The utsava dieties of Arjuna and Draupadi are offered ritual bath from 108 kalasas.On this occasion the entire public offer money and other offerings to the sacred fire pit and fulfill their vows. On the same day in the evening 108 married women with mangalya perform Ashtalakshmi pooja. Later Arjuna Draupadi rathotsava will be held.

Dasara: During Dasara Navarathri is celebrated by the Maharaja of Mysore in the traditional manner with pomp and gaeity similar to the manner in which Karaga mahotsava is celebrated. All the poojas and programmes are conducted in a traditional way. The peculiarity of this festival is attributing importance to the utasva deities instead of the presiding deity in all Hindu temples. Shanti pooja and ayudha pooja(poojas are performed for the weapons and vehicles). This is traditionally followed since times immemorial. On the Vijayadashami day vijayothsava will be celebrated by performing Rathotsava of utsava deities of Arjuna and Draupadi. The importance of this day is that utsava moorthi of arjuna and draupadi are taken to the prickley tree at Kempe Gowda Circle in Bangalore and prayers are offered. Along with this five other utsava murthies are offered with prayers.

Dhanurmasa Pooja: Dhanurmasa Pooja will commence from 15th december and culminate on 14th january every year. The importance of the pooja is that the poojas are performed by family members. Every day abhisheka, floral decoration and maha mangalarathi are performed. On the last day of Dhanurmasa devotees from different Vhajana mandirs of the locality visit the temple and sing Bhajans and Bhava geethas and get the blessings.

Chandi Homa: This is the second festival or programme of the year. Before the karaga festival commences 108 kalasa are offered to the God and Chandi homas are performed by the brahmins. This Chandi homa will be performed every year with the blessings of specially invited Swamiji of Kenjina Halli Kailasa Ashram.Devotees offer different types of fruits ,ghee an other materials meant for the chandi homa. Chandi homa begins with offering of 108 kalasas followed by giving ritual bath from these kalasas to the main Gods (Presiding deity) Dharmaraja, Krishna and Ganapathi. the Abhisheka will be performed by the main archaka (priest) by invoking the God to give more happiness and also bless all and to perform the next karaga festival with more pomp.

Kaamana Habba: Kaamana habba is celebrated traditionally during the month of march every year. The peculiarity of this festival is that it is held on Pournami day in this temple. On the next day Kama will be burnt and the Jathi will be done on the ninth day which falls before ugadi.

Ratha Sapthami: It is believed on the ratha sapthami day that the sun God moving in his path occupies his position above your head. From that day onwards the heat gradually increases. In order to reduce the impact of the heat and also the evil effects of it the festival dieties are worshipped with poojas and these dieties are taken around the temple through a chariot. This practise still continues.Ratha sapthami is held in Magha Shudha month. On this day in the morning at 5:30 AM abhisheka is performed to the main deity. At 11:00 AM floral decoration is offered to the deity. Utsava deities of Arjuna and Draupadi are adorned in the chariot. According to the original procedure Kula Gowda Ganachari, Ganthe poojari, Pantha holder, Banka dasayya kolukera (trident holder), Kumbhasa of the community join together in the utsavas. The temple organising committee along with the president of the committee also look after the various programmes and festivals of the temple. After the procession in the main road the deity will be brought back to the Sanctum Sanctorium of the temple. After performing Mahamangalarthi, teertha prasdam is distributed to the devotees in the evening (source: www.bengalurukaraga.com Temple authoroties)....