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Mysore Dasara

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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Dasara celebrations

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.
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