Nada Habba began on a colourful note here on Tuesday. The Nada Habba celebrations have its roots in the State unification movement, for which Dharwad was the epicentre. It is an occasion that people here eagerly await.

The city will come alive during the nine-day celebrations with religious, cultural and entertainment programmes. Rangayana here has added flavour to the celebrations by organising a youth theatre festival, which began on Monday. Drama troupes from different colleges of the twin cities are taking part.

The Laxminarayan temple fair, which began here on Tuesday, was a major event. The fair will be held on all nine days and end on Vijayadashami. Ravivar Pet has been illuminated for the occasion. People from various parts of the region throng this fair, which has been held annually for 96 years. Till date, it is held in the traditional form and hasn’t lost its charm. The presiding deity is decorated in nine different ways and devotees consider it auspicious to get a ‘darshan’.

Special pujas and spiritual programmes were also held at Sri Venkateshwar temple in Saraswatpur, and Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram in C.B. Nagar. Cultural and spiritual programmes will be held here on all nine days.

Jamboo Savari

The ‘Jamboo Savari’, on the lines of one arranged during Mysore Dasara, is another attraction. Two organisations have been holding the event for the last couple of years separately.

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