The Dasara festival is the popular Hindu festival of India, although it is celebrated all over the country but the celebration in Mysore is specifically the synonym of Dasara festival. In Mysore the Dasara festival is abserved as one of the major event which shows great zeal and enthusiasm among the dwellers. The hosting fair is conducted on the grand basis which attracts many people around the country. It is commemorate the victory of Goddess Chamundeshwari over the demon Mahishasur which signifies the victory of good over evil. It celebrtaes with the local culture an tradition of Mysore.
Time to Celebrate:
The Dasara festival is usually held in the mid of October or November every year.
Mysore Dasara is 10 days festival which celebrtaes in every nook and corner of the region where every street is busy in celebrating the Dasara activity. Dasara is the most extravagant festival of Mysore. During the 10 days festival of Dasara, the Mysore city comes to its extent in terms of celebrations where shops, houses and important buildings in the city are decorated and illuminated. Dasara in Mysore has become the state festival of Karnataka. Renowned musicians of Karnataka and from outside perform in front of the illuminated Palace. The Palace is open to the public and the royal throne is displayed. The State Government arranges music, dance, and folk dance performances, doll shows. Wrestling and sports competitions are held.
Also at Doddakere Maidan a grand exhibition takes place for approx two months long where big industry’s houses and several business participate. Apart from this a Food and Film festival is also organized. During the festivities special religious ceremonies are held at different temples in Mysore especially the Chamundeshwari Temple on top of the Chamundi Hills. The high point of the Dasra celebrations is the Vijayadashami procession held on the tenth day. The finale of the celebrations is the state organized procession consisting of floats, the police and their bands, mounted guards in royal livery and folk artists and musicians.