Dasara, also know as Dussehra is the most extravagant festival of Mysore. Since centuries, this festival has been celebrated in Mysore with great enthusiasm.
This year, Mysore celebrates the 405th Dussehra, symbolising the victory of good over evil. Thousands of visitors from across the globe have thronged the cultural city of Mysore having daily festivities, with the Jumbo Savari and Ayudha Puja on October 5 and 6 being the main attractions. Many religious and cultural activities atop the Chamundi hills, a symbol of Mysore, add to all the glitter. The 100-year-old illuminated palace in Mysore is the main attraction.
On Vijayadashami, the day which commemorates victory of Lord Rama over demon-king Ravana, the Mysore dussehra will conclude with the Jumbo Savari, a procession of 12 caparisoned elephants with the lead tusker, Balarama, carrying the idol of Chamundeshwari placed in the 750-kg golden ‘howdah’ (seat).
According to history, Navratri is a Hindu festival which came to be observed by the Mysore royal family in 1610. The festival was started after the fall of the Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan in 1799, when Mysore got back its status as the capital of the erstwhile Mysore State.
In 2015, Dasara will be celebrated on 22nd October 2015.