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   Dasara Festival
Madikeri Dasara which has a history of more than 120 years is as popular as Mysore Dasara.The Madikeri Dasara has been noted for as unique celebration and in resent years it has been attracting more than one lakh people on the final day. The Madikeri Dasara, which had four mantapas 40 year ago, now has 10 Mantapas in the procession and on the last day of Dasara, Vijayad Dashami, all the Mantapas will be taken out in a procession from each temple committee and will it assembled in Gandhi Maidan. As years pass by, people want innovation in the style of celebrating Dasara.

Many years ago there was a disease in Madikeri which caused the people to suffer a lot. The disease spread all over Madikeri Town. The King of Madikeri decided to start Mariamma festival. Hence from that time onwards Mariamma festival has been celebrated. The festival starts the day after Mahalaya Amavasye. Hence Dasara starts of with four Karagas.

Karaga in Madikeri Dasara
There are 4 Mariamma Temples in the town: Dandina Mariamma, Kanchi Kamakshi, Kundurumotte Sri Chowti Mariamma and Kote Mariamma. Each of these Mariamma Temples has Karaga, which starts on the first day of Navaratri. These four Karagas represent the "Shakthi Devathas" of the town. All the Temples will be decorated by Lights and the whole Madikeri looks more beautiful on these 10 days. Madikeri Dasara which has a history of more than 120 years is as popular as Mysore Dasara.The Madikeri Dasara has been noted for as unique celebration and in resent years it has been attracting more than one lakh people on the final day. The Madikeri Dasara, which had four mantapas 40 year ago, now has 10 Mantapas in the procession and on the last day of Dasara, Vijayad Dashami, all the Mantapas will be taken out in a procession from each temple committee and will it assembled in Gandhi Maidan. As years pass by, people want innovation in the style of celebrating Dasara.

Closer look of Karaga Dance
On the first day of Navarathri, the priests of these four Temples carry the tools required to build karaga on their head and make their way to a Place called Pampina Kere, Madikeri. The members of the Temple Committee also join this puja at Pampina Kere,Madikeri. A team of Volaga (a type of Band in Kodagu ) will also accompany these Karagas. Volaga gives the people an indication that the Karaga is coming and also it gives a rhythm for the Karaga Dance. The priest who takes up the Karaga is dressed with Yellow coloured Kacche. Also the Priest's head is shaved. He holds a Knife in one hand and a Wooden stick (called as Bettha in Kannada) on the other. These Priests start build Karaga by using Flowers like Jasmin, Kanakambara, Sevantige etc. After building the Karaga, there will be a pooja for these four Karagas. The Temple Priests take the Karaga on their head after this pooja and head towards their Temples. Karaga dance is very nice to watch. The people of Madikeri give puja for all the Karagas. Till Aayudha Pooja, these Karagas visit almost every home of Madikeri and take pooja.

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Bagamandala Golden Temple
The Fort with Palace Irupu Falls
Gadduge Chelevar Falls
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Goldern Temple Nagarhole
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