Mysore Dasara / Mysore Dasara Jambu Savaari
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Mysore Dasara is the state festival (Nada habba) of Karnataka. Which is also called as Navaratri
celebrated as a 10 day festival with last day being celebrated as most auspicious day “vijayadashami” denoting
the victory of truth over evil and was the day when Hindu goddess chamundeshwari killed the demon mahishasura,
from whose name; the name Mysore has been derived.
Other Main Events & Venues in Mysore Dasara:
Mysore Palace Lighting
During Dasara, The Mysore palace will be brightly illuminated and entire city is a sight to behold.
Music and Dance Performances in Mysore Palace
Various music and dance concerts highlighting the culture of Karnataka are performed in font of illuminated palace.
Musicians and dancers from other states are also invited to perform during Dasara.
Mysore Dasara Exhibition
Mysore Dasara exhibition held in the exhibition grounds opposite to Mysore Palace was started in 11024 to enlighten
the people of Mysore about the timely developments. The stalls selling clothing, glass wares, plastic, food, handmade
items, wooden toys, furnitues highlights the various departments of Karnataka state. People can also enjoy traditional
food and participate in games and amusement rides. Exhibition starts during Dasara and is open for 3 months.
Mysore Dasara Wrestling Bout
One of the biggest indian style wrestling championships in the country including popular “pehalwans” (wrestlers) from
entire state is conducted at D. Devaraj Urs multipurpose stadium during Mysore Dasara.
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The Dasara celebrations in south India were started by vijayanagar kings in 15th century. In 1610 the
Wodeyars of Mysore continued celebrating Dasara in the leadership of Raja Wodeyar.
The nine days of Mysore Dasara celebration and festivities starts with the Wodeyar royal couple’s puja to
godess chamundeshwari at chamundi hills at Mysore. This would be followed by a Durbar (royal assembly) at
Mysore palace. The ninth day of Dasara called as “Ayudha puja”an auspicious day on which the royal sword is
worshipped along with all other weapons.
The 10th day of Dasara Celebrated as Vijayadashami is the prime reason for the popularity of Mysore Dasara.
The traditional Mysore Dasara Jambu Savaari (Mysore Dasara Procession) held in the main streets of Mysore
gives glimpses of cultural heritage and diversity of the Karnataka.
The main attraction of the procession includes idol of god chamundeshwari carried in a golden howdah
weighing 750kgs on a royal elephant. Music bands, colourful tableaux created by different state organizations,
Folk dancers, decorated elephants, horses and camels also form a part of procession that starts from Mysore
Palace and adjourns at Banni Mantap grounds. The culminating program of Vijayadashami festivities is the
panjina kavayathu (torch light parade), exotic fireworks, stunts on motor cycle by team Indian army and a
laser show.Mysore Dasara 2011 is going to be celebrated from 28th September
to 6th of October.