Fast Facts :
Feted In : Mysore, Karnataka, India
Duration : Ten Days
Reason : Triumph of Food deed over Bad
Celebrated in the Month of : September/October
The Mysore Dasara or the popular Dussehra of Mysore City is a ten days festival. On the eve of this sanctified festival, a parade of dressed up elephants hauling the idol of Deity Chamundi is taken all over the city.
Though majority of Indians commemorates Dussehra in tribute of God Rama’s triumph over Ravana king of the demon. However, the state of Karnataka celebrates this festival in the honor of Chamundeswari Goddess who had killed the ferocious demon Mahishasura.
The Mysore Dasara is feted in grandeur with arrays of different cultural performances at the Durbar Hall, Palace of Maharaja.
Major Highlight :
Dressed up elephants walking jointly in a parade is an exclusive characteristic of Mysore Dasara. The fiesta is fêted with many splendor and show.
On the eve of Vijaydashami, the tenth day of this splendid festival, a bright parade featuring barded elephants moving through the amazingly bedecked streets of Mysore, mark the juncture.
The parade of mounted soldiers on the back of the horse and barded elephants, one hauling the palatial deity of Goddess Chamundeshwari, scheduled to march, gold (‘howdah’) from the majestic palace - Banni Mantap.
You can also attend the floating festival, which takes place inside the temple tank, located at the base of (Chamundi Hill) and a parade of carriages all over the temple takes place. A unique procession of torch light, which takes place during the evening is a must see. This grandeur is abided by a gigantic display of firework and much joyousness, all over the streets.