Puja Kunitha is a folk dance form practiced in the regions of Bangalore and Mandya districts and is a ritualistic dance for worshipping goddess Shakti in all her forms of incarnation.

This dance is a visual treat during all religious festivals, religious processions and fairs related to the celebrations for Goddess Shakti. This form focuses more on the visual representation or exhibition of the dance, than the oral narration during the performance.


This dance is unique as highly decorated bamboo poles are used in the performance, the dances sway the poles along with the music. The dances also carry an idol of Shakti over their heads in big wooden structures.