Mysore Dasara is one of the most celebrated and pompous festival of India. The city of Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival. Dasara (Dussehra) can be described as 10-day festival in South India, culminating on Vijayadashami or tenth day.
The Mysore Dasara is celebrated elaborately with great enthusiasm. During this period, the whole of Mysore undergoes serious changes and it is decorated beautifully with the streets lighted and the trees decorated. It attracts a huge audience both from all over India and all over the world.
Mysore Dasara 2016 is going to be celebrated from 02nd October to 11th October 2016. All through Dasara, the brightly illuminated Mysore Palace and the entire city is a sight to behold. Various cultural and religious programs highlighting the dance, music and culture of the State of Karnataka are performed in front of the illuminated Palace. Dasara celebrations commence with a pooja performed to Goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi Hills with the presence of the Wodeyar royal couple, and state officials.
The Mysore palace is one of the most glorious and lauded pieces of architecture in India. During the Dasara, Mysore palace is illuminated for two hours (7pm to 9pm) on first eight days (02nd Oct to 10th Oct 2016) and for three hours (7pm to 10pm) on Vijayadashami Day (11th October 2016) with 97,000 incandescent lamps that amplify its majesty and beauty. Thousands of visitors throng the palace on these days. The sight of the palace is in itself worth it to make a visit to Mysore.
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.
The Dasara exhibition starts during the Mysore Dasara and continues for around two months. It's held in the Doddakere Maidan opposite to the Mysore Palace. Dasara Exhibition is a mammoth fair that sells all kinds of stuff like clothes, plastic ware, gifts, food etc. It has many rides and games too. Local merchants and those from all over India come here to exhibit and sell their products. It is the perfect hangout spot for families or groups of friends to spend a day filled with excitement and fun. It is also a great opportunity to explore and understand be;