For everyone living in Karnataka, the first day of November is a holiday. This day, known as Kannada Rajyotsava, symbolizes the birth of Karnataka. In other words, it was the day Karnataka was formed back in 1956. So, how did this occasion come to be?
Here’s a glimpse at this historic day and what it is all about.
On November 1, 1956, all the Kannada-speaking states of southern India were amalgamated to form a new state. This entity was initially called Mysore, but the name was too reminiscent of the princely state of yore, which was why the name was changed to ‘Karnataka’ on November 1, 1973.
Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated with much gusto across the state. The red and yellow colors of the Karnataka flag fill the streets, and the flag is hoisted at significant locations, while the state anthem, Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate written by the great poet Kuvempu, is sung. The barriers of religion, age, caste, gender and income blur, as the state joins in celebrating its formation day.
History of Formation Day!
After Independence, Wodeyar Maharaja agreed to become part of India. In 1950, Mysore became the state of India, and the Eastern Maharaja became Governor of 1957. The “integration” movement started in the second half of the 19th century and ended with the 1956 State Reorganization Act, which included parts of the state of Coorg, Madras, Hyderabad, and Bombay to the state of Mysore. The state of Mysore was renamed Karnataka. When the state of Karnataka was formed, there were 19 districts. Since November 1, Kannada Rajyotsava / Karnataka Rajotsava is celebrated.
Name of Karnataka!
Though there are many opinions about the origin of Karnataka, the word “Karu” and “land” are usually derived from the word “high land” meaning “land.” Karu means black, Nadu means land, and black cotton is said to have been named after the plains. The name of the Karnatic or Karnataka name came into use in the British times as the waters of the Krishna River were both watersheds.Kannada Flag!
Karnataka has its own separate flag. The red and yellow Kannada flags are celebrated and celebrated by the state of Karnataka on Rajyotava day. Kannada writers M. Ramamurthy, who felt the need for a flag for Kannada, used the yellow and red color to make the flag.The yellow color originally refers to the lily and kumkum, and the color of the red color gives the message of yellow color if it symbolizes peace and harmony.
Initially, when the Kannada flag was ready, there was a picture of Karnataka between the flag and the seven pillars in the middle of it. It was difficult to print and was removed, and only yellow and red were retained.
Most Hindus celebrate Rajyotsava in Karnataka, our Muslims and Christians brothers and sisters celebrate without religion, and the government parade, autorickshaws, and other vehicles are decorated with the flags of the Kannada flag and the red and yellow colors. The State Government will be awarded awards to the beneficiaries who have served in various fields on the day of Karnataka Rajyotsava.The Rajyotsava Awards will be presented by the Government of Karnataka on the occasion of Rajyotsava. Many cultural programs are held around the Karnataka. The awards are distributed to the Chief Minister of the state. The Karnataka Rajyotsava is also celebrated in the other parts of India such as Mumbai and Delhi.
Kannadigas also celebrate the Kannada Rajyotsava on the other hand, overseas Kannada institutes, US, Singapore, Dubai, South Korea, Muscat, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, and Ireland.