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Mysore which is officially now renamed as “Mysuru“. It is the third largest city in population which is in state Karnataka, India. The kingdom of Mysore was ruled by Wodeyar dynasty when Hyder Ali and Tipu sultan were in power. Mysore is a cultural capital of south Karnataka which is also called as ‘city of palace’ in Karnataka. Mysore city celebrates state festival called as Dasara (Nadahabha). IT is also called as Nava-Rathri where nine days of Pooja is offered to goddess Chamundeshwari and celebrations of Dasara is done with great honor and pride and the tenth day being Vijayadashami will be elegant and auspicious.
- Mysore: Embellished with lightings
The whole city is decorated with lightings. Streets are embellished with bright lights, circles are enriched with fountains and complete city including Mysore Palace and all government offices will be colorful at night and, of course, it is a pleasure to watch.
- Dasara exhibition
It is held in exhibition grounds which is right in front of Mysore palace. The exhibition starts during Dasara and will go on till month of December. This is entrusted by Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA). Various stalls which sell items like clothes, plastic items, kitchenware, cosmetics as they attract a significant number of people. It is also present to provide entertainment to the people. Dasara exhibition is not only meant for shopping is also containing attractive play area and a delicious mouthwatering food court.
- Flower show
Flower show of Dasara is an arrangement of thousand variety of flower in one single area. It is a piece of innovative which include different statue done with only flowers and vegetables. Elephants are done by bell peppers, the elephant which is built by colorful roses, and ones there was also Vidhana soudha done with flowers. It is held by horticulture department.
- Yuva Dasara
Yuva Dasara is a way of celebrating Dasara by youths of Mysore. The Huge stage is built in Yuvaraja’s ground. It is inaugurated by celebrities and programs are well-organized. Sandalwood, Bollywood actors, and singers will step on stage to entertain more than thousands of Mysurians and other audience.
- Dasara Procession
The spectacular and astonishing day will be the tenth day after Nava-rathri which is celebrated as Vijayadashami. It denotes the victory of truth over an evil and it was the day when Hindu goddess chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Thus, the city is named as” Mysore”, To celebrate this wonderful day a procession is done where an idol of chamundeshwari is placed inside a golden mantap which is also called as golden ambari which weighs about 750 kilograms of gold and that mantap is placed on the elephant. Arjuna, an elephant which carries mantap. A procession is done which is called as “Jambo savari”. This idol of chamundeshwari goddess is worshiped by the royal couple and other invitees before it is taken around in the procession. Colorful tableaux, music bands, dance groups, decorated elephants, horses, and camels form a part of the procession which starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantap where the banni tree is worshiped.
- Torchlight parade
It is the last event of Dasara which is yet memorable and delightful to watch. It is held at Balbhavan grounds at Bannimantap, Mysore. The program includes march fast, cultural event, spectacular laser show, an acrobatic show of motorbike, and finally the most awaiting, marvelous torch light parade and the event is then concluded with glorious fireworks and lighting of lateens. This event will finally conclude the 10 incredible days of Mysore Dasara.