Dussehra is the most significant and royal Hindu’s festival celebrated on the 10th day of Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. This festival comes in the month of September or October and grandly celebrated in the city of Mysuru, Karnataka state. The day accomplish a 9 days fasting (Abstaining from food) period of Navarari (Nine-Nights) in the Hindu devotes culture and the 10th day is last of the overall festival which ends with Vijayadashmi. The concept of the festival celebrated to remind the killing of demon Mahishasur by Goddess Chamundeshwari. The royal family of Mysore performs very special pooja on the occasion of Dasara. Throughout festival, the entire city is fully decorated and lighted. Cultural activities from famous personalities are organized in the palace. Mysuru is an interesting spot for travelers, particularly during Dasara.
Dasara celebrations unfold the message of the victory of good over sin. In the time of ten-day celebrations, the city of Mysore will be surrounded by large number of people from various places, from the state of Karnataka and other neighboring states. The tenth day is a grand outstanding progress is held which will begin from Mysore place and stop in “Banni tree“(now Bannimantap parade ground). The mind blowing observation of the ten days Mysore Dasara festival is the Mysore Palace which is lighted daily with nearly 1 lakh light bulbs from 7 pm to 10 pm on all days of the festival. This year 2016, the Dasara festival starts on 02nd October and ends on 11th October.
Nadahabba celebrated with extreme sight and joy in the city of Mysuru. The Dasara festivities have a rich history of more than 500 years, the cultural shows as follows:
- 2nd October – Inauguration Function
- 3rd to 9th October to – *Cultural programs at palace premises, JaganMohan palace, Kalamandir, etc.,
- 10th October – Audha Pooja celebrations
- 11th October – Jamboo Savari a traditionalistic Dasara procession, Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed in a Golden Howdah on the top of embellished elephant. The Torch light parade at grounds at Bannimantap.
(*) The actual program will be announced by Dasara committee team.
Plan your Mysore trip with tejas tours and travels
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Amba vilas is the primal part of Mysore attractions. The historic palace is situated in the center of the city and it was built on 14th century by the Wodeyar kings. The palace is fundamentally a three celebrated structure with a 145 feet center tower. The 1st attraction is the Doll Pavilion as you enter the museum. The gaffers are made of silver, marble and gold materials. The walls along the corridors are designed with oil paintings of royal themes.
Birndavan Gardens or KRS Dam
The calm decorated gardens are placed below the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) dam and are a popular hangout spot lighted in the evenings. The musical springs and colourful lights act this place into an interesting fairyland in the evenings. The entrance fee to visit the gardens and dam will be charged Rs.5 for kids (Above 5 years) and Rs.10 for adult. The distance between Mysore to KRS is only 12 kms and 148 kms from Bangalore, Karnataka.
Chamundi “Betta” in Kannada which means “Hills”. This well-known temple is located in the Top of the main Hill of Mysore city. It takes 3.5 hours (153 kms) to reach from Bangalore and about 13 kms from city of Mysuru. The goddess Chamundi is also called Mahishasura Mardini.
Mysore Zoo (Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens)
It is one of the oldest, very popular and attractive zoological garden founded in the year of 1892. The zoo is located near to palace. The palace zoo is home for various wild animals like White Tiger, Lions, Elephants, Leopard, White rhinoceros, Anacondas, Giraffes, Zebras, Baboons, etc., The best time to visit the zoo early morning where the entire surrounding is silent and fresh. All the Birds and animals will roam around and we can also be seen on the time. The zoo stays open for visitors from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday to Sunday), except Tuesdays. The entry fee for adults Rs. 50 and Rs.25 is for children’s senior citizens.