The Original Bangalore Habba
While the preparations are being made for the Karaga procession, the narrow Dharamaraya Temple Street is closed for traffic and the stretch is transformed into a narrow fair ground. The thousands who have come to the temple are crowding around the various attractions. And almost everyone is busy munching. From the Bangarapet Paani Puri to Bengali Sweets; chatpata Rajasthani Snacks to the seasonal raw mango with salt and red chili powder, there's a lot to choose from. Down the road, the stand and drink wine shop is also doing brisk business. And for the people organising the event, there's a feast being prepared within the temple (pic above).
Meanwhile on the street, it's colourful and noisy. All the men and women, selling the usual Mela attractions have congregated here, shouting above the non-stop loudspeaker announcements asking parents to hold their children's hands and not to let them go out of sight.