The word Dasara reminds one and all of Mysore Dasara celebration. The Mysore which stands today was known as Puragere till 15th century. The Mahishasura fort was constructed in 1524 by Chamaraja. In 16th century the name of the city was changed as Mahisru and thereafter changed as Mysore by Britishers. The Government of Karnataka on 1st November 2007 restored the name of the city as Mysuru.
Mysore Dasara is traditionally royal festival celebration. The legend goes as the Godess Chamundeshwari slew the demon Mahishasura on Vijayadashami day. Hence the celebration of truth over evil.
Dasara celebrations are ten days long culminating in the Vijayadashami. Sixth day is celebrated in the name of Godess Saraswati, eighth day is for Godess Durga and ninth day is for Godess Laxmi. The tenth day is a victory of king and subjects. The grand procession from Mysore palace to Banni Mantap is a great marvel to see.
A Dasara celebration is a state festival in Karnataka. The celebrations are steered by Royal family by performing special pooja. Ten day festival has a great gala function and the entire Mysuru is illuminated. Cultural programmes, traditional sports, food festival are held to mark the celebration.
Mysuru is an enthralling destination for travelers from all over the world during Dasara celebration. The site of illuminated Mysore palace is really an attraction. Twelve Jambo elephant safari procession is the highlight of Dasara celebration.
Mysore has luxury hotel, deluxe hotels and also standard hotels for stay. During Dasara celebrations visitors can enjoy local food and delicacies of Karnataka.
There are many places around Mysuru like shivam samudra, shriranga pattanam, Somanathpur, Bellur halebidu, Bandipura. Visitors can enjoy the life during the celebrations.
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