According to the Karnataka Department of Tourism, Mysore Dasara is the most royal and significant festival in Karnataka. It is celebrated as a 10-day event in Mysore, starting with nine nights called Navratri and the last day being Vijayadashmi.
In the wake of the ongoing pandemic for the last two years, the 400-year-old iconic festival celebrations were low-key affairs.
History of Mysore Dasara
Mysore was once called ‘Mahishur,’ as it is believed to be the place where Goddess Chamundeshwari (a form of Durga) killed the buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura. Since then, the nine days of Mysore Dasara have been celebrated with much enthusiasm.
The city celebrates this prominent festival grandly. There are displays of decorated elephants, horses, and camels walking together. Lakhs and lakhs of people visit the city every year during this season.
However, the highlights of the 2020 and 2021 celebrations were the inaugurations done by the corona warriors, including five representatives of doctors, nurses, workers, cleaners and the police to honour them.
Types of Events at Mysore Dasara
The Jambu Savari, or the elephant procession, is one of the most magnificent events of Mysore Dasara. Twelve trained elephants are adorned with colourful attire, and they walk through the streets. One of them carries the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari atop a golden mandap.
The procession goes from the Mysore Palace to Bannimantap. You can also witness performances like traditional dances, musicals, and displays of swordsmanship throughout the procession.
The Jambu Savari parade ends at the sprawling Bannimantap grounds with a welcoming torchlight parade.
This dazzling parade is an eminent part of Mysore Dasara, displaying the grandeur of the former rules while offering a glimpse of the state’s glorious history.
During Mysore Dasara, the Mysore Palace, which is the royal residence and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore, is illuminated with a multitude of lights.
The palace is embellished with around 97,000 bulbs and is an unmissable spot to participate in the festivities while you are in the city.
- Doddakere Maidana Exhibition
The exhibition starts during Mysore Dasara but remains open till December. The exhibits beautifully showcase the cultural and religious heritage of the city. The visitors can also buy clothes, kitchenware, and other souvenirs.
There are many options for entertainment as well, such as Ferris wheel and other thrilling rides.
Wresting has always been an integral part of the Mysore Dasara festival. The Nada Kusti event is a significant attraction to promote this classic art.
Wrestlers from across the country compete to win the titles.
Significance of Mysore Dasara
In Mysore, Dussehra marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the devil, Mahishasur. Thus, Mysore Dasara is celebrated to honour the Goddess in her warrior form.
The idol of Chanundeshwari is worshipped in the Mysore Palace by the royal couple before the Jambu Savari.
The nine days of Mysore Dasara are celebrated by the people in Mysore with much enthusiasm. With various events and beautiful displays, this is one event that everyone must try to take part in at some point in their lives.
FAQs on Mysore Dasara
Q.1. When did the Mysore Dasara festival take place in 2021?
The Mysore Dasara festival began on October 7, 2021. The awe-inspiring festivities continued for nine days leading up to Vijayadashami.
Q.2. Who inaugurated Mysore Dasara 2021?
Former Chief Minister S M Krishna inaugurated the 2021 edition of Mysuru Dasara atop Chamundi Hill.
Q.3. Name of the prominent ministers who attended Mysore Dasara 2021.
According to the Deccan Herald, Mayor Sunanda Palanetra and a host of ministers, including Dr K Sudhakar, Burari Basavaraj, BC Patil, Shashikala Jolle, MLAs G T Devegowda, L Nagendra, Tanveer Sait, S A Ramadass, B Harshavardhan, K Mahadev and others were present at Mysore Dasara 2021.
Q.4. Describe the Canon Firing event during Mysore Dasara briefly.
A 21-gun salute is carried out to pay respect to the Chief Guest during Mysore Dasara. Amidst the sound of cannon fire, the Jumbo safari traces its path with music bands and dance groups. When the National Anthem is played, the City Armed Reserve police personnel carry out this salute.
Q.5. What is the Mysore Dasara Flower Show?
The Flower Show, which is one of the most prominent attractions of Mysore Dasara, usually takes place in Nishad Bhag or Kuppanna Park. An exquisite collection of flowering plants is showcased during this event, offering visitors a visual treat.