People of the village of Vithappa in Karnataka hold the Sri Vithappa fair in honor of the eponymous deity of the village. The fair, which is held for three days immediately after the traditional festival of Shigi Hunnive, attracts a large congregation of devotees from adjoining areas.
As per the religious observations, a procession is taken out with
devotees carrying the holy deity in a palanquin. The procession is
accompanied by about 60 parties of drummers assembled from different
parts of the state. Devotees offer animal sacrifices to appease the
deity of Vithappa. The Pujari sells them and the amount realized is
credited to the temple funds.
A number of religious beliefs are associated with the Sri Vithappa
fair. Devotees regard it a good portent if the milk brought by them gets
converted into curds before offering it to the deity. This fair, which
is being conducted for the last 200 years, usually falls on the 14th and
15th day of the month Aswija.