Shankaranarayana Jaatre is the most celebrated festival in the village of Shankaranarayana, Karnataka
. Observed at the Shankaranarayana Temple
, it is a week long festival associated with Makar Sankranti
The festival days are marked with rituals devoted to Lord Shankaranarayana. On the last day, a Rathotsava takes place. The utsava murthy, decorated with Attekuppasa and flower garlands, is taken out of the Sanctum Sanctorum, by the designated priest or Balidharaka, for a procession. It is then taken out in a decorated Chariot pulled by the people after certain rituals. A puja is later performed on the Kroda Giri.
This festival attracts people from all parts of the country. Shankaranarayana easily accessible from Udupi and Kundapura. Kundapura Railway Station is the nearest railway station.