Kannada Rajyotsava - November 01, 2023

Kannada Rajyotsava
Last Updated on: 25 Nov 2022

What is Kannada Rajyotsava?

The Kannada Rajyotsava is known as the Karnataka Foundation day and Karnataka Day. This day is observed annually on November 1. This day commemorates the significant phenomenon of merging all Kannada-speaking areas to form one state, Karnataka, around 66 years ago in 1956. 

Karnataka locals get together to honor this day every year by holding various cultural activities and creating a colorful display. The main event is raising the state flag, holding cultural activities, participating in processions, and awarding Rajyotsava prizes. 

Continue scrolling to know more about this important holiday in India.  

Kannada Rajyotsava Quick Overview:

  • Date: November 1
  • Category: Cultural
  • Where It’s Marked? India
  • Why It’s Marked? On this day in 1956, the Kannada-speaking areas of Southwestern India united to form the Karnataka state.

History of Kannada Rajyotsava

The history of Kannada Rajyotsava is a day to celebrate the formation day of Karnataka state. However, the history behind forming an entire state dates long ago, in the mid-1900s.

From 1948 to 1956, the original name of Karnataka was Mysore State. Mysore was governed by Jayachamarahendra Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore. However, Mysore didn’t become a part of India until after the British empire was overthrown. 

From 1950 to 1956, Jayachamarajendra was the Rajpramukh and Governor of Mysore State. After that, the Karnataka State formation movement was initiated by Aluru Venkata Rao. 

In 1956, the Kannada-speaking regions of Bombay, Coorg, Madras, and some parts of Hyderabad were unified as Mysore State on November 1. The state initially had 19 districts. 

However, on November 1, 1973, the state adopted its current name Karnataka during the administration of Chief Minister Devaraj Arasu. Karnataka comes from the term Karunadu which means “Lofty Land.”

It is noteworthy that the day also celebrates the foundation of many additional states, including Kerala, Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. 

How to Celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava?

To celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava on November 1, the state government and general people arrange several cultural programs throughout the state. Some of the important events for this day are given below:

1. Official Inauguration

Karnataka day begins every year with the hoisting of the state's flag and chanting of the state anthem, which is 'Jaya Bharatha Jananiva Tanujate.'

After the main event, the state’s Chief Minister and the Governor deliver speeches. 

2. Hoisting the Flag

People respectfully hoist the red and yellow flag everywhere in Karnataka, for example, in houses, streets, and official buildings. The colorful banners make cities more beautiful, and people celebrate foundation day with a festive ambience.

3. Rajyotsava Awards

Rajyotsava Awards is the second most prestigious civilian honor in the state. Since 1966, individuals who have significant impacts in the following fields are awarded on Karnataka day. 

  1. Education, 
  2. Literature,
  3. Medicine 
  4. Music,
  5. Sports,
  6. Agriculture,
  7. Environment,
  8. Social Service,
  9. Journalism and Judiciary

There will be awards given to 66 distinguished individuals this year. 

Countries that Observe Kannada Rajyotsava

This day is celebrated all over the Indian subcontinent, including the state of Karnataka. The Kannadigas positively observe Kannada Rajyotsava by holding a variety of cultural events and parades.

Interesting Facts about Kannada Rajyotsava

As you already know the history behind the formation of Karnataka, now it’s time for you to know the other interesting factor about the day’s most beautiful part - the state flag of Karnataka. 

  • Ma Ramamurthy designed the beautiful red and yellow flag. His father was the famous freedom fighter Veerakesari Seetharama Shastri. 
  • Ramamurthy was a journalist who tried to save Karnataka’s interest in culture and language. It was a tough time for the intellectuals as non-Kannadigas were incorporating their own state’s culture and belief in Kannadigas. 
  • To protest against hoisting other states’ flags in Karnataka, Ramamurthy thought the state needed its flag. Around 1965, he designed a flag with a yellow background and a state map on a paddy crown in the center. 
  • The earlier flag version was designed for a political party - Kannada Paksha. But Kannadigas adopted the Red and Yellow version of the flag and hoisted it on every Kannada Rajyotsava day. 

Unique Kannada Rajyotsava Celebration Ideas

Kannada Rajyotsava is a state public holiday celebrated by the Kannada-speaking regions. Although several community festivals are arranged by the government every year, you can have your idea to celebrate this day. 

1. Know the History

It is essential to let the country's youngsters know the significance of Kannada Rajyotsava. But is it possible to teach them history with proper attention? Of course not. 

Therefore, you should arrange and participate in Kannda book festivals and watch different documentaries with your friends. And encourage your younger siblings as well. 

2. Attend the Competitions

You can participate in competitions arranged to honor this day in schools and colleges or online. It is an excellent opportunity to learn and research the historical event of founding a State. 

Quizzes about the Kannda Formation act, writing essays, or even singing competitions can help gather knowledge about Kannada Rajyotsava. 

Kannada Rajyotsava Quotes

On Kannada Rajyotsava, all Kannadigas celebrate the unification of the formation of great Karnataka. And here are some great quotes to share with your friends and relatives to spread happiness. 

Jai “Karnataka Mathe” Kannadambe. “Sirigannadam Gelge”, “Sirirgannadam Balge.”

"Freedom in mind and strength in words. The pureness in our blood, pride in our souls, zeal in our hearts, Let’s salute the spirit of Karnataka. Happy Rajyotsava Day!"

"Justice, brotherhood, and love is the song in our heart. This land is our inseparable part! Let’s join hands on Rajyotsava Day."

"Constitution gave us faith, freedom, peace, and pride. So let’s value the day it was created and wish a happy Rajyotsava day with a smile. "


1. Why is Kannada Rajyotsava Celebrated?

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated to honor the foundation of Karnataka State.

2. How many years of Kannada Rajyotsava are we celebrating?

This year in 2022, we are celebrating around 65 years of unification. This year in 2022, we are celebrating around 65 years of unification. 

3. Which is the largest district of Karnataka?

Belagavi is the largest district of Karnataka.

4. How many languages are there in Karnataka?

There are 72 languages in Karnataka, including 22 scheduled and 50 tribal languages. 

Kannada Rajyotsava Observances

Year Weekday Date Name
2021 Monday 01 November Kannada Rajyotsava
2022 Tuesday 01 November Kannada Rajyotsava
2023 Wednesday 01 November Kannada Rajyotsava
2024 Friday 01 November Kannada Rajyotsava
2025 Saturday 01 November Kannada Rajyotsava
2026 Sunday 01 November Kannada Rajyotsava

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