Mysuru is decked out for the Dasara Festival


President Droupadi Murmu made floral offerings to Chamundeshwari in Mysuru.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 400-year-old Dasara celebration was kept low-key.

The Dasara festival is back in full glory and Mysuru Palace is all decked up for the 10-day grander Dasara festival. Mysuru Dasara is the royal festival in the state of Karnataka in India.

The Goddess Chamundeshwari’s slaying of the demon Mahishasura marks the Hindu festival of Dasara. This day marks the victory of good over evil. The Mysuru tradition celebrates the warriors and showcases the cultural diversity with grandeur and pomp.

The legacy of Dasara in Mysuru began with the Vijayanagar kings who ruled between the 14th and 15th century. The Dasara festival was first started by the Wadiyar King, Raja Wadiyar, who ascended the throne in 1610 CE at Srirangapatana.

The Navaratri celebrations at the Mysuru palace include several rituals like the scion of the Mysuru royal family conducting Khasagi durbar by the golden throne while chanting Vedic hymns.

The 10th day of the festival is marked by the Jambusavaari procession of caparisoned elephants carrying the Goddess Chamundeshwari idol in a golden howdah.

President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated Dasara festivities in Mysuru and made floral offerings to Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hills. A total of 290 cultural events are to be held during the 10-day Dasara festival in Mysuru.

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