Karnataka is all set to celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava or Karnataka Foundation Day on November 1. Karnataka Rajyotsava is Karnataka Formation Day; literally “Karnataka State Festival’ is celebrated on 1 November of every year. The State of Mysore was founded on November 1, 1956, with the passing of the State Re-organisation Act.
The state came into being in the year 1956 when all the Kannada speaking regions of South India were merged into one. However, the name was not accepted by some regions and after a prolonged discussion, it was again renamed on November 1, 1973. Kannada Rajyotsava is one of the biggest celebrations in the state.
Karnataka Kulapurohita :
Aluru Venkata Rao was the first person who dreamt of unifying the State as early as 1905 with the Karnataka Ekikarana movement. Rajyotsava Day is listed and celebrated by Kannadigas across the world. The state came into being through the contribution of Aluru Venkata Rao, who is revered as Karnataka Kulapurohita in the region.
In 1950, India became republic and different provinces were formed in the country on basis of language spoken in the particular region and this gave birth to the state of Mysore including various places in south India, which were earlier ruled by the kings.
Celebrations start with presentation of the honors list for Rajyotsava Awards by the Government of Karnataka, hoisting of the official Karnataka flag and a speech by the Chief Minister and Governor of the state. Festivities carry on throughout the day with communities holding their own ceremonies and concerts. Kannada flags are prominently hoisted and displayed at almost all office and business establishments across the State.
The entire state of Karnataka wears a festive look during Rajyotsava day, with red and yellow Kannada flags decorating streets, houses and institutions. The state flag is also hoisted at offices of political parties and various localities. Since the celebration of the day is not associated with any particular religion or community, people cutting across all religions or community celebrate it with full fervour and zeal.