Kadalekai Parishe:Bangalore's unique traditionA few centuries ago, farmers in and around the area now called Basavangudi, used to cultivate groundnuts. According to the local legend, during harvest time, the crops were being destroyed by a big bull (Basava in Kannada, an incarnation of Nandi). The villagers offered their prayers and soon an idol of a bull (1537) was also found close by and KempeGowda (founder of Bangalore) built a temple on a hillock.
Since then every year, the last Monday of Karthika masa(month), an annual peanut fair is held for two days. Farmers from neighboring villages and states sell peanuts and groundnuts. The entire area has a festive look like a village fair for the families to pray, purchase some toys, eat local snacks and buy groundnuts before returning home.This tradition of a village fair has been continued annually since the 16th century despite the commercial and residential developments around this busy part of Bangalore.