Hindu cultural events of Malayalis are catching up in Bangalore

published on July 5, 2014

Though a cultural minority in a mega city like Bangalore, it is heartening to know that Malayali Hindus do their bit to strengthen and propagate our culture here. Being from a state which is heavily infested by three major anti Hindu forces, the Islamists, Evangelists and Communists, Kerala Hindus have to work very hard to preserve their culture. Fortunately the divinity is guiding them to take few steps in this direction. KNSS and SNDP have good presence in Karnataka, especially in Bangalore city. Every year, Onam is celebrated in a grand manner. It includes cultural events, Pookkalam (flower decoration) competetions, Sadya (tradtional feast) and family get-togethers. Just few weeks inadvance, Onam sales melas are organized just to make sure that all the essential items for the festival are available with the families. Most of the Malayali organizations have their own Malayalam bulletins also in which organizational matters are discussed.

Occasionally spiritual and religious events are also organized. One such program happening now is the classes on Vishnu Sahasranamam chanting. Amrita TV’s Sandya Deepam fame Smt Priya R Pai is conducting the classes which are highly appreciated by the participants. The classes happen twice a month. On Second Saturdays and Sundays. The plan is to train maximum participants and conduct a Samooha Parayanam (group recital) of the holy text by 108 devotees at Melpathur auditorium, Guruvayur by early next year. Devotees of all ages are participating with great enthusiasm and is busy preparing for this event. The venue of the classes is the KNSS service center in RT Nagar, Bangalore. As the whole text of Sahasranamam is structured homogeneously, interested people can still join this and easily get in sync with the rest of the group.

Pithru Tharpanam (Karikitaka Vavu Bali) is a big event in Bangalore. Malayalis assemble in thousands to participate in this ritual. One of the popular venues for this is Ulsoor lake area where NSS groups and SNDP make arangements for Hindus to perform this important ritual. Ramayana Masam have become a regular event in the month of Karkitakam. (July – August)

Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations are fast catching up in Bangalore. Though there is not much presence of Balagokulam here, the celebrations are much like what happens in Kerala. Last year, there were shobha yatras atleast in 3 places and a total of around 1000 people including hundreds of kids, participated in them. This year the number is expected to grow. Sreekrishna Jayanthi is on September 15th Monday.

Hindu leaders and spiritual masters make occasional visits to Bangalore and lead Satsangs. Last year Srimati Sasikala teacher had attended few functions. Swami Chidanandapuri participated in the celebrations of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. This year too there will be a weeklong Satsang by Swamiji in August from 10th to 16th. Sri Nochur Venkataraman is a familiar name in the spiritual circles of Bangalore.

There are about 40 Ayyappan temples in Bangalore. Most of the temples managed by Malayalis organize Bhagvatha Sapthaham every year. Jalahalli Ayyappan temple is the biggest of them, where daily Annadanam (free food) is given to hundreds of devotees all 365 days. This temple has got a well organized library, an auditorium and a school. There are temples for Chakkulathu Kavu Devi and Attukal Devi in Bangalore. Ponkala (offering of cooked rice) is gaining popularity by every passing year. Those who can not personally particpate in the corresponding events in Kerala, now get the chance to celebrate it from Bangalore. The relatively new Parassinikkadavu Muthappan Madappura introduces the peculiar rituals of that North Kerala temple to those devotees who are not familiar with that.

Many events take place in the arena of arts and culture also. Uthishta’s Kathakali Sandhya has become a regular annual event which is lead by none other than the maestro Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi. The artists from Kerala are thrilled to see the growing number of Kathakali enthusiasts. Nowadays more than 500 people assemble to watch this classical art form.

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  1. Ravi Reply

    July 7, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    But NSS in kerala is not a pro hindu organization. They are rather a pro-catholic organization. If Bangalore NSS are independent, then it is OK.

  2. S.Raghunathan Reply

    July 19, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Hindu Cultural events of Malayalees in Bengaluru

    Dear Sir, Cultural events in Bengaluru is heartening.Onam celebrations,Pithru Tharpanam in Karkata vavu,Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam etc will bring peace to the country.Conducting parayanam etc is difficult nowadays when I contacted a man in Chennai he said young people do not turn up and only elders above 60 participate.Though efforts are on it is difficult to gather youths.But they go for enjoyment only.Even they can mark time for parayanam also.Thank you

  3. Raj Puducode Reply

    September 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Bhagawan SS Baba on Bhagawad Githa
    Bhakthi or devotion is the only path for reaching the divine destination. Bhakthi is the only panacea for all the ills of this world. Bhakthi is the only method for making you realise the truth. I believe that there will be scarcely any Indian who has not read through the text of the Bhagavad Gita; that there would be none who has not heard and is not aware of the Bhagavad Gita. Bhagavad Gita means ‘The Song of God’, words which have come to us as His flowers, as His Prasad. Vyasa has woven these flowers, the words of God, into a beautiful garland and has gifted it to us.

    The Bhagavad Gita consists essentially of three parts, namely, Karma Kanda, Upasana Kanda and Jnana Kanda. These are also being referred to as the six-chapter contents in each case. Through these three parts, the Bhagavad Gita has been teaching us various spiritual aspects, such as Bhakthi or devotion, Jnana or knowledge and Yoga or meditation and so on and so forth. But the Bhagavad Gita, in addition to these, has really also given us the great saying ‘Tat Twam Asi’ meaning ‘That Thou Art’. This is the essence or the keynote of the Bhagavad Gita. The first six chapters teach us about the Jiva or the soul that resides in this body and, through that, the nature of Jiva. The next six chapters, while teaching us the path of Bhakthi, also show us the nature and content of what we call ‘Tat’ or ‘That’. The last six chapters, while giving us the content and the meaning of the third word ‘Asi’ also tell us about how to realise the identity of the self, the Jivatma, with ‘That’, the Paramatma and also teach us to give up things, how to sacrifice and reach Moksha or liberation. If we study the Bhagavad Gita in the proper way and enquire into its contents, then we will understand the true nature of the saying ‘Tat Twam Asi’.

    This morning, how the concept of surrender or Saranagathi has been described in the Bhagavad Gita.



    September 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Smd. Bhagvat Gita
    Contents of Gita are laws of Universe and therefore Gita is a Universal Law Book. It should be learnt by all human beings for their own upliftment or elevation. It gives intelligence, knowledge, strength to face challenge etc. From childhood itself we should learn the teachings irrespective of cast, creed or religion. Through this holy book, we will learn about the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Hare Krishna!!

  5. Raj Puducode Reply

    October 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Rudram Chanting in White House

    While most “secular” Indians would not want this in the Rastrapati Bhavan, Sri Rudram being chanted at the White House. Who’d have ever thought- And these young, white American men do it so beautifully. I chant the Rudram myself, and can tell this is a nearly flawless rendition. So proud of these folks… I am amazed at how meticulously they’ve grasped the svaras (intonations), especially knowing how much harder it would be with an American accent as a starting point.

    – Prashant Parekh Ji

    Jeffrey Erhard and Robbie Erhard chanting Rudram at the White House Hindu-American Conference.

  6. Renjith Kumar Reply

    July 30, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Please inform vavubali places in mysore. 9036062800

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