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Shri Yellamma Devi Fair

Shri Yellamma Devi Fair

About:

This fair is held at Yellamma temple that is situated in Saundatti area of Belgaum district. Yelamma devi is worshipped in this holy sanctum. The temple is situated on the top of the hill that is known as Yellammagudda.The fairs are held many times amidst October and February, yet the celebration is at peak on the day of Margasira. The day sees the Neeramanavi Yellamma jatra that is carried out on big scale. Likewise Shakti puja devotees also worship deity yellamma in a spiritual manner.


During the eve of yellamma Devi fair, the women becomes Devdasis of god. This practice has been often rendered as spiritual prostitution by many non government organizations and social organizations. Pious devotees from different districts of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashthra, Goa and Madhya Pradesh give their active participation in the car festival and the yellamma fair.

Location info:

Address:Saundatti, Belgaum, Karnataka,India
District:Belgaum
Celebrate Time: October and February

Climate/Weather:

During winter temperatures range from 32 degrees Celsius to below 20 degrees Celsius,Summer Average temperature is 34 degrees Celsius

History:

Shri Yellamma Devi fair at Saundatti is held about 5 times between October and February. But the largest is the one held on the full moon day of Margasira.

Importance:

Yellamma Temple, also known as Renuka Devi Temple, is situated on top of a hill near Saundatti in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Yellamma or Renuka Devi. The temple is mainly visited by pilgrims from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.Shri Yellamma Devi Fair, celebrated for about 5 times between October and February, is a major draw. Yellamma jatra, which takes place on the full moon day known as ‘Bharat Hunnime’, attracts thousands of devotees from far and near. During the jatra, Yellamma is worshipped complete with all its attendant rituals, as in the manner of ‘Shakti Puja’.


Method of Celebration:

worship:
Sri Shidlingappa's fair is observed on Shivaratri day. On this day the deity is taken in a palanquin accompanied by drummers (Dollu and Majalu) from several neighbouring villages to the river. The deity is then worshipped.

Culture of Festivities:

Karnataka, adorned with several ancient temples and rich cultural heritage celebrate various colourful fairs and festivals. Every town, city and village in the state has their own calendarwith fascinating fairs and festivals. For the people of Karnataka, these variety of festivals are a celebration of life. Apart from the religious festivals, the state also conduct magnificent dance festivals and other fairs. The most important festivals and fairs of the state are Dussera, Ugadi, Kar Hunnive, Sri Vithappa Fair, Shri Yellamma Devi Fair etc.


True to its rich cultural heritage, Karnataka celebrates a multitude of fairs that are marked by sacred rituals and joyous festivities. Most of these fairs center on the presiding deities of temples worshipped by local communities. During these fascinating events, pious devotees and enthusiastic tourists throng the fair sites.Karnataka, adorned with several ancient temples and rich cultural heritage celebrate various colourful fairs and festivals. Every town, city and village in the state has their own calendarwith fascinating fairs and festivals. For the people of Karnataka, these variety of festivals are a celebration of life. Apart from the religious festivals, the state also conduct magnificent dance festivals and other fairs. The most important festivals and fairs of the state are Dussera, Ugadi, Kar Hunnive, Sri Vithappa Fair, Shri Yellamma Devi Fair etc

How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Badami raiway Station
Nearest Airport:Belgaum, 192 km airport
Road Transport:Badami is connected by road to Pattadakal (22 kms), Aihole (44 kms) and Hubli (110 kms). Karnataka State Transport Corporation buses ply from Badami to different major locations of the state.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Banashri Hotel and Shubhashri Bar:Badami,Bagalkot,Karnataka,India


Badami Court Hotel:Station Road Badami,Karnataka,India

Hotel Pleasant Stay:Solapur Road,Bijapur,Karnataka,IndiaPh:08352 326465

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:Shri Venkateshwara Hospital:Ramdurg Road,Badami,Bagalkot Distric, Badami, Karnataka,India,Ph:08357 220983
Society/Community Phone Number:
Link:www.bharatonline.com