Hasi Karaga/ Hovina Karaga
The same team will move to the Karagada Kunte at 10:00 pm. The very important of the Karaga Shaktyutsava Vratha will takes place from here onwards. The Krathas of the Utsava will offer the prayer and manthrapatana to absorb power from the Godess Adhishakthi at karagada kunte.From there they will proceed to shakthipeetha .(The process of devatha kainkarya's are very sacred and secret are not made known to others)
The Shakthipeeta situated in the Sampangi tank bed area where Poorvaacharyas installed chakra and made peeta after performing Yagna and shanthi Homas. This peeta withstands the power and also attract the devotees during the time of karagashakthi aradhana moves towards the temple during this period the Veerakumaras will resume the kankana deeksha power from kula purohit and get blessings from krathas. The potharaja poojari offer Gandha to all veerakumaras and devotees and Kula gowda offer garlands to all krathas, chakridharas, veerakumaras & devotees..
"The Karpoora or Camphor burnt in the Kana -sacred place as mark of sacrifice to deity (since Droupadhi born from fire) In the specific time the power swings around this area, Then the veerakumaras start chanting "Govinda Govinda..."and offer Alaguseva(Passing the sword on their chest) by chanting DIK-DE..DIK-DE,Mantra, The same time the banka(long Bugal) will make big sound. All these activities make the power waves to move forcibally around this sacred place. The poojari enters the shakthipeeta to join with krathas, The forced waves of power makes the priest to resume divine power.
This is the powerfull and wonderfull sight to see the Karaga holding Mantradhanda and the Karaha in the left hand and Baku in the right hand. The poojari is covered by Jasmine flowered Ragade( Flower bunch covered from forehead to complete back portion feet) will inspire the devotees to fall in deep Bhakthi. It is an experience that, even the meteriolists(Nasthika) will also become Asthika an d recpect the power of the shakthi.
Soon after this the krathas will make way tostart sanchara from shakthipeeta to Temple through shakthisthala( YelusuthinaKote) in the Bengaluru Mahanagara Palaike Premises. It is a Fact that The Adhishakthi is known as a combined power of srushti(Creation),sthithi(Maintain)& Laya(Destruction) while moving we will recognise these observations.
The krathas will give timely advice to the veerakumaras to make the way clear. They will follow 'Hasi Karaga' by chanting Govinda-Govinda, when make her way slow immidiately they will start Alaguseva by chanting Halll-Hallow-De- Dik-De mantra.When shakthi movement raises with force in the crowd of devotees the krathas will start Natya mantras and make the priest to follow the steps to Gante-Nadha to bring her force to normal . After taking pooja at yelusuthina kote , The Hasi Karaga will put a break for a while and sit in a "Veera Mandi" position, the veerakumaras will offer Alaguseva and the devotees pray lord Krishna and by chanting Govinda- Govinda nama in all the three places and it appears the Alaguseva of the Veerakumaras and the prayers of the devotees is to please the shakthi movement to move towards the Temple.
The Hasi Karaga will be placed at the centre of Garbha Gruha(Sanctorium). This is the important and sacred uthsava and believed that Adhishakthi Droupadhi live in this Sacred/ Holy Place in the form of "HasiKaraga".
The Chaitra shudda chaturdhashi after regular poojaadi Kainkaryas the ladies of the community will assemble and make Pongal Prasada to offer Adhishakthi Droupadhi Devi. In the Mid night 1'o clock the Uthsava Krathas assemble in the temple Gantepoojari and his family members start Bharatha Purana Kathana apprising the powers of Droupadhi Devi. After purana kathana during Arunodhaya the Pongal seva pooja will be offered to Adhishakthi Droupadhi Devi. This Uthsava will be dominated by ladies . They believe that Godess Droupadhi Will be pleased for their seva and bless them & their family.
HUVINA KARAGA:(Karaga Shaktyutsava)
The main Festival uthsava of Karaga is on Chaitra Poornima day, (Full moon day) the members of the Therukattuva Maneyavaru (Chariot Decoratres) decorate main seven Ankhana chariot with colourfull clothes and create a dome on top of the chariot below the Kalasha and the Veera Hanuman Photo will be affixed in front of the dome and the chariot will get ready to move before the "Karaga Shaktyutsava" sanchara starts.
The same day morning uthsava karathas and the veerakumaras assemble at 10 am near the temple and they join the Priest to the Karagada Kunte with chatra, Chamara,Dwaja,& Nadaswara, the procession will reach the Karagada kunte. After the pooja and prasada they will come back to the Temple. While coming back the sevakarthas and veerakumaras bring the greem leae branches of honge tree and make Mantapa in the temple. After reaching temple the regular pooja and regular kainkaryas will be performed.
The Priest Conduct pooja of 'Bangles' & puts on the Bangles, and prepare for Vivah Shastra as the Bride, The Kula Purohita will take him to the sacred place and perform homa. The krathas will go to Priest's house and bring Mangala Dravyas & Mangalya with Bageena. It will be taken to Garbha Gruha, The kula purohita will conduct Sumanthra Vivaha to lord 'Arjuna & Godess Droupadhi' . By this the Karaga kratha priest is empowered to bear the Adhishakthi super divine power on him in the form of Karaga.
The priest and the krathas perform shanthikriya to the eternal forces arround the temple area by offering Bali & proceed to the Karagada Kunte at 10 pm. The Karagada krathas will offer prayer and chant manthras and prepare prerequistists for the karaga shaktyutsava. The Devatha Kainkaryas are sacred and secret, It is observed and practised on the basis of ancient THANTRA-MANTHRA VIDAHANA OF SHAKTHA PANTHA. From there they will reach shakthi peetha and fire karpuras and offer their prayers to Kuladevatha and come back to the Temple through shakthi sthala after performin pooja and Pradakshina.
The main krathas of Karaga Shaktyutsava like main Priest, Kulapurohita, Ganachari & Gante Poojari starts prepratory works at the Garbha Gruha(Sanctorium). The veerakumaras and Kulagowda go to ganachari's house to recieve Gandha & Garlands. They will come Back to the Temple & Assemble arround the chariot.
The idols of Lord Arjuna and Godess Droupadhi Devi Wiil be Brought and Placed inthe Main Chariot, during this time the main krathas who are in the GarbhaGruha (Sanctrum)engaged in avishkaras (admiring the super divine power)of Adhishakthi by chanting manthras and adequating thantras to give divine power to the Karaga Shakthi and the same is being decorated by Jasmine flowers,Chatra,Chamara,Shanku-Chakra.The Shakthi will occupy on the head of the main priest at the time when Moon reaches 90 degree to the earth.
The idols of Pancha Pandavas move from the temple towards the yathra route, then the main chariot starts moving from the temple towards east and will be parked at Halsurgate Anjaneya swamy temple circlefollowed by Muthyalamma Devi Ratha(Chariot). Soon after this the Banka Dasayya will floute Bhanka Nadha and the devotees and the veerakumaras starts chanting Govinda-Govinda and Karpoora starts burning. The Temple area fluted with Extraordinary Spiritual Power. The Manthrashakthi power races will start comming out from GarbhaGruha. Lakhs & Lakhs of eyes awaiting the Karagashakthi to come out from Garbhagruha . The enlightned Karagashakthi comes out like a Thunderlight from Garbhagruha.
The Shakthi will take pradakshina of the peetashala of the temple and move out of the main temple and take darshana and aarathi of shakthi Ganapathy, Muthyalammadevi and moves towards Chariot. After taking Two Rounds of the chariot, the third round the krathas will make Gante Nadha and bring Shakthi Sanchalana on Natya. After this the karaga recieve arathu of Anjaneya Temple then moves to Nagara Pradakshina. On the wayrecieves pooja in temples and from the devotees in the old Bangalore fort area touching all corners of the city like:Kote Anjeneyaswamy Temple,then the Basavanna Temple through cottonpet from there as the traditional practice Karaga shakthi will take pooja at 'Masthansaheb Dharga' as the mark of universal brother hood. The sufees of the dargha recieve Karagashakthi with respect and honour with gandha churnas.
Karagashakthi moves to Nimishamba temple from there to Annamma temple near Mejestic area and back to the yelahanka gate Anjaneya temple through kilari road & pass through Avenue road where the number of God & Godesses Rathas are parked.
After taking poojas Karagashakthi move to Thigalarapet through Kumbarpet and recieve poojas in all the Veerakumaras and Chakridharas,karthas houses.The Karagashakthi reaches the temple in the early morning and give darshana to lakhs of devotees waiting near the temple. The Gante poojari with his Gantanadha and the prayer make Shakthi to Natya after which gets back into the Temple. The seva karthas of Bangalore irrespective of community are being blessed. The karaga karthas will follow the priest to the Garbhagruha and chant the shanthi manthras to bring down the karagashakthi to the peeta. After Mahamangalarathi , the veerakumaras ,chakridharas,krathas will make pradhakshina of the temple and go back to their houses. The Karaga poojari after Mahamangalarathi sit in the Prangana of the temple .The devotees recievelemon prasada till evening and the same time the morning prasada will be distributed by:DRKNACNT.
From by Temple Resources