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Mysore Dasara History And Mysore Dasara Festival 2015-2016

Updated on September 27, 2015

The festival for goddess durga called Navratri is celebrated for 9 days. In the 10th day Vijayadashmi festival is celebrated. This festival is celebrated to mark victory of Lord Shri ram who is incarnation of Supreme personality Lord Krsna,over the demon Ravana.This festival is commonly known as Dasara.In this hub,auther will tell you that why dasara is celebrated and how it is celebrated in famous places in India.

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In every part of country, Effigies of demon Ravana, kumbhkaran and Meghnath are made.The preparation for making of these effigies starts one or two month before beginning of the navratri festival. Some family in India are doing same work of making the effigies for generation. They get good money for that. When Dussehra comes, they get very big orders of making effigies of Ravana from every part of the country.

Why Dussehra is celebrated?

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Sita_Rama_Laxman_Hanuman

Lord Krsna incarnated as lord Ramchandra along with his 3 brothers laxaman, bharat and shatrughan in 5114 BC. He was married with Sita Devi, the daughter of king janaka sitadevi.Later demon Ravana abducted Sita Devi by cheating when sri rama was in exile with his wife and brother Laxman. Lord ram fought great battle with Ravana to acquire his wife Sita Devi .

Elder brother of demon Ravana kumbhkaran and son Meghnath had also fought from side of his father. At last Ravana was killed by Lord Shri ram.

This day is celebrated today as Vijayadashmi festival to mark killing of demon Ravana by Lord Ram. Later great sage valmiki written Ramayana the Indian epic.

Dasara Festival In Mysore Karnataka

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Mysore_Dasara | Source

Mysore

Mysore is situated 144 KM distance from Bangalore in Karnataka state of India.Initially mysore name was called mahishuru. From nearly 1500 century,it is being ruled by the wodeyar kings. Wodeyar kings maintained the state wonderfully and mahishuru became important place for business,art and millatry.Mysore is famous for its palaces,

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Mysore is the place where dusshera is celebrated in a grand way

Mysore Dasara History

Dasara Festival were first initiated by Raja Wodeyar I (1578-1617 CE) in 1610. Mysore Palace is lighten up on 10 days of Dussahara. During the time of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in the year 1805, the king inaugurated the tradition of having a special get-together in the Mysore Palace during Dusshera, which was attended by members of the royal family, special invitees, officials and the masses.This gathering has taken the shape of present day dasara festival and procession in mysore

Mysore Dasara Festival

Although Dussehra is celebrated in every part of the country, Mysore Dussehra is world famous. It is celebrated in such a splendid way that it attracts visitors not only from India but also from outside India. It had been started by wodeyar family of Mysore. The festival starts from the first day of the navratri and goes on till Vijayadashmi .During all these 10 days the Mysore palace is decorated with thousands of bulbs which create cherishing sight for the eyes.

In the first day of navratri, chamunda Devi situated in Goddess Durga temple in high hill is worshiped by Mysore king and queen. On the tenth day of Dussehra a large procession called jumbo savari consisting of number of elephants, nicely decorated with jewels is taken out. Other bands also follow the procession like Karnataka police band. One of the elephant in the procession carries the golden deity of chamunda Devi from Mysore palace to banyan tree.

Dasara celebration in mysore palace
Dasara celebration in mysore palace | Source

Mysore palace is decorated with lights along with all the major streets in Mysore.Due to this light decoration,Mysore palace looks very beautiful.At night firework extravaganza that attracts everybody.

Mysore Dusshera Attraction

Another attraction during Dussehra celebration Mysore is the exhibition organised by Karnataka state government. It stalls traditional cloths including beautiful Mysore silk saree,handicrafts,beautiful sandal wood items, artificial jewel and many items worth buying.

Wrestling event is also organised in devaraja stadium near Mysore palace which attracts big wrestler form all over India.

Dasara Fesival In Himachal Kullu

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Dasara_fesitval_in_himachal_mysore | Source

Kulli and Manali are the hill stations.Kullu is associated with Manali but kullu and Manali are the separate places in Himachal Pradesh in India. Kullu is also world famous for its Dussehra celebration and attracts visitors from all over the world.

Here Dussehra celebration starts from Vijayadashmi (the 10th day of navratri) and goes on for a week.Lord Ramchandra or Raghunath (Ram) is the king or presiding deity of kullu valley place. Therefore on Vijayadashmi, rathyatra of Lord Raghunath is taken out. Other deities of the valley which are more than 100 in number also follow Lord Raghunath in the rathyatra.

Drama On Lord Rama In Delhi

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Ramlila in new delhi | Source

In New Delhi Vijayadashmi is celebrated in very grand way. As the Navratri festival starts, the various groups in city play the Ramlila which last on the Vijayadashmi day. Ramlila is the drama based on the pastimes of lord Rama. Although Ramlila is played in every part of India during Vijayadashmi but new Delhi Ramlila is unique because of its true dramatization.On the day of vijayadashmi ,ravana effigy along with kumbhkaran and meghnath is burned.

Mysore Video

Following video will give good detail about dasara festival in mysore.It takes you to mysore palace,devi temple and other tourist places.

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In summary

Dusshera is big festival celebrated in the memory of lord Rama.It is celebrated in grand style in all parts of India.Because of Indian people in foreign countries,it is celebrate there in some way.Dusshera can be enjoyed fully if celebrated in any of the above places.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      I am yet to visit this wonderful festival at Mysore. Hope to come there soon. Thank you for sharing.

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