Mysore Dasara Festival

Every year, Mysore awaits the grand 10-day long Dasara festival that takes place in September or October. It is also popularly known as Navrathri, which means ‘nine nights’ and tenth day is called ‘Vijaydashmi’. Celebrations of Mysore Dasara festival can be seen around the entire city with various religious and cultural events being held in front of an illuminated Mysore Palace. The Mysore Palace witnesses a private celebration of this festival with His Highness Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, current head of Wadiyar dynasty. He ascends seven steps to the throne specially prepared for this event in accordance with religious instructions and receives great respect and admiration from his people. Music is played by court musicians to commemorate assumption of power by Wadiyars.


Celebrations begin with a puja performed to glorify Goddess Chamundeshwari on top of Chamundi hills in the presence of Wadiyar royal couple. Invitees include ministers and top-ranking officials from Government of Karnataka. This is one of the major festivals in Mysore which has music and folk dance programmes arranged by State Government. Musicians and dancers from other states are also invited to participate in these cultural programmes. Many other events such as a wrestling tournament, food and film festival are also held as a part of these festivities.

A colorful procession called Jamboo Savari marks the conclusion of Dasara celebrations in Mysore. Main attraction of this procession is an idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed in a golden howdah on top of an elephant. Another important feature of Dasara in Mysore is an exhibition which begins during festivities and continues for nearly two months. Tourists can buy various articles such as clothes, glassware and food from different stalls that also highlight various departments of State Government. Kids can also have an exciting time participating in games and rides put up in a play area.

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