Basavanagudi is a residential and commercial locality in the city of Bengaluru. It is located in South Bengaluru, along the borders of Jayanagar. The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull Temple, which contains a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull. This constitution has 6 wards. The famous landmark of this constituency is the Basava temple.
Kadalekai Parishe, is a Kannada word, which literally translates to Groundnut fair. Kadalekai Parishe, the annual groundnut fair is held on the last Monday of Karthika Masa (month in Hindu calendar) near Dodda Ganesha, temple, near the Bull Temple at Basavanagudi. The fair starts from the previous day with people thronging to the stalls selling and buying variety of groundnuts. The day is a full moon day with vendors from our state and the neighboring states bring their first harvest to the market. A legend behind the Kadlekai Parishe is that in olden days farmers were aghast to learn that their crop was being devoured in the night by someone. One of the farmers wanted to investigate and on Kaarthika Maasa night which was pitch dark, he found out that the culprit was none other than Lord Shiva’s abode Nandi or Basava. Since then farmers collectively pledged their first crop to the Lord Basava.
Another legend says that the founder of Bengaluru Kempe Gowda had come the story. He had prayed for the welfare of the farmers at the temple. There he had a vision of a treasure which he to the temple and learnt about acquired later was used to build a temple based on the architecture of Hampi of Vijayanagar empire. Incidentally, the big Bull Temple or the Basava Temple is on the hillock near Bugle Rock in Basavanagudi.
The fair starts from the previous day with people thronging to the stalls selling buying variety of groundnuts. The day is a full moon day with vendors from our state and the neighboring states bring their first harvest to the market. As the festival is virtually synonymous with Basavanagudi, the area in and around get a festive look, the traders start setting up their shops with mounds of ground nuts on. The Parishe begins on the last Monday of auspicious Karthika, of Hindu calendar, when varieties of ground nuts are heaped on either side of Bull temple road on the footpath
The groundnut lovers find a variety of groundnuts from Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Kolar, Doddaballapur, Ramanagara and a few areas of Telengana. The ground nuts are spiced, fried, salted, boiled, sugar-coated, roasted. There are not just groundnut vendors but a whole lots of funfair. There are many toys for children and short buys and eats. Thus the garden city with its turbulent life and lifestyle has been struggling to keep some of the traditions like Kadlekai (groundnut) parishe (fair).
Expecting a huge footfall turn out, usually the police beef up the security in the Bull temple vicinity during the fair.