Mysore dasara festival is considered to be one of the popular celebrations of India. As the name indicates, this festival is celebrated in Mysore city, Karnataka state, India. Mysore is famous for sandalwood carvings and mysore silk sarees. Devotees from not only India but the whole world also visits Mysore during this festival. Mysore dasara is commonly known as the Nadahabba of Karnataka state. Its very interesting to note that this festival begins around October from the first day of Navratri till its tenth day. It is believed that on this day Goddess Chamundeshwari(a form of Goddess Durga), killed demon Mahishasur, after whom the city was named Mysore. That means Dasara is the day that denotes achievement of truth over evil. Image courtesy: logofromdreams.com, travelwell.in, newsonair.com
If you have ever visited Mysore or wish to visit Mysore during this festival, you may have seen or will see the beautiful illuminations of Mysore palace and other buildings. Most of us are familiar with the fact that the tenth day of Navratri is known as Dasara or Vijayadashami. So literally Dasara marks the end of the 9 days of Navaratri. This Navratri celebration is having very importance in India. As we all know on this occasion all over our country, mother goddess will be worshipped for 9 days and nights. Mysore Dasara 2012 inauguration will be done by Siddeshwara Swamiji of Gnana Yogashram Bijapur on 16 October 2012. It should be noted that Mysore Dasara 2012 will be traditional. According to S.A.Ramdas, Minister in-charge of Mysore district, more youth-related programmes will be chalked out in view of the 150th brith anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Mysore Dasara 2012 celebrations
Dasara celebrations commence with a pooja performed to Goddess Chamundeshwari at the Chamundi Hills with the presence of the Wodeyar royal couple, and state officials. Throughout the 10 days Dasara festival, Karnataka State Government arranges music, dance, and folk dance performances, flower and doll shows, wrestling and Food and Film festival. The yuva (youth) Dasara, which consists of musical concerts performed by youth icons, is also conducted during Dasara. But this year, in view of the drought, yuva dasra(youth festival) had been dropped. An important attraction of Mysore Dasara 2012 will be the traditional dasara procession commonly known as Jamboo Savari that will be held in different parts of Mysore city. As the name indicates jamboo savari, you may be interested to know its importance. As a part of this procession, the idol of goddess chamundeshwari is placed in a golden howdah on the top of a decorated elephant. The procession including dance groups, music bands, colorful tableaux, royal identities, decorated elephants, horse, camels and folklores starts from Mysore palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantap, where the Banni tree is worshipped. Mysore dasara 2012 live can be watched through local as well as regional channels.
Dates, venues and timings of Mysore Dasara 2012
Mysore Dasara Exhibition 2012
Dasara exhibition 2012 will be conducted at the Doddakere Maidan(opposite Mysore Palace) from 16 October 2012- 13 January 2013. This is one of the highlights of dasara 2012 as it will be free from plastic and at the same time physically challenged people as well as elder people will be given the opportunity to use battery operated vehicles.
How to reach for Mysore Dasara at Mysore palace?
Mysore place is located in the heart of Mysore city, Karnataka state, India. This Mysore city situated at a distance of 140km south west of Banglore is easily accessible by roads, rails or by flight. So if you are trying to reach Mysore by road, remember that Mysore is located at a distance of 15km from Srirangapatna, 35km from Somnathpur, 96km from Nagarhole and 80km from Bandipur respectively. The nearest railway station to Mysore palace is the Mysore junction railway station. But the nearest airport to Mysore is the Banglore airport. Depending on your convenience, you can the select the suitable route for you. Don't miss your chance to visit Mysore palace during this festival as cultural religious programs that highlights dance, music and culture of Karnataka state will be coducted in front of this palace.
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