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ABOUT DASARA

mysore Dasara also known as Vijayadashami or Navarathri is the most elegant festival of India crand celebrated by Hindus and non-Hindus as well from across the world. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwayuja or Ashwina, and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual festival of Dasara or Navaratri.

The celebration and its mode of conduct vary by region; however, all festivities celebrate the victory of the forces of Good over Evil. It is also considered to be an auspicious day to begin new things in life.

Mysore in Karnataka, is the most flourishing and colorful princely states, celebrating Dasara in an ancient tradition style. In the month September/October, the streets and boulevards of Mysore are ablaze with colour, the advent of a special season of pomp and pageantry.

mysore On the day of Dasara, a procession of caparisoned elephants carrying the idol of goddess Chamundi is taken through the city.The festival is celebrated in a grand style with scores of cultural performances in the great Durbar Hall of the Maharaja’s Palace.
Chamudeswari is the family deity of the royal house of Mysore and during Dasara her idol is taken in procession.

Dasara in North marks the day of triumph of Lord Rama over Demon king Ravana. On this day, Lord Rama killed Ravana in his Lanka.

Dasara is celebrated in various ways in different parts of South Asia. In Bengal, the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja or Durga Puja, while in Tamil Nadu, the festival incorporates worship of the goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Shakti(Durga).

Some people feel that Dussehra and Dasara are not simply different transliterations of the same word, but two different festivals.

mysoreDasara is the festival marking end of Navaratri and the immersion of Durga idols which are worshipped for nine days prior to Dussehra. Dussehra is also the day when many families start formal education of their kids.

The Dasara celebrations in Mysore are hugely popular with tourists, and are conducted with great pomp and show. Dasara is also celebrated in Nepal by the name of Dashain.

Mysore is an enthralling destination for travelers, especially during Dasara. The illuminated Mysore Palace during the Dasara celebrations draws tourists from all over the world. Nearly Rs. 1 crore every year is spent towards maintenance of its illumination alone and more than 25,000 bulbs are replaced every year just before the Dasara festivities.The elephants for the Dasara processions are also undergoing training for the grand day. 12 Dasara jumbos will march on the procession route from Mysore Palace to Bannimantap twice a day.