Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

Navratri and Dussehra are celebrated with great enthusiasm in many parts of the country. However, the way these are celebrated in Mysore is worth mentioning. Image source: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold
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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

Mysore Dussehra or Dasara (as it is called in Mysore) is quite popular in India. People often visit Mysore during Navratri just to witness the Dasara celebrations in the city. It is a state festival organised by the Karnataka government. The Mysore Dasara celebrations are about 400 years old. Image source: newindianexpress.com

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

One of the main attractions which add to the charm of Mysore Dasara is the great Mysore Palace. The beauty of Mysore Palace gets glorified during the 10-day Dasara festival. Image source: dnaindia.com

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

About 1 lakh light bulbs illuminate the Mysore Palace during the festival. The illuminated Mysore Palace is a sight to behold. You can see the illuminated palace from 7 to 10 pm during the festival. Image source: www.mysity.in

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

During the 10-day Dasara festival, Mysore Palace becomes the hub of all the activities. Various cultural programmes representing the culture of Mysore and Karnataka are organised inside the palace. Image source:frontline.in

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

If you’re in Mysore during Dasara, then you can’t afford to miss the Jumbo Savari. It is a huge procession carried out by elephants with the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwar. Balarama is the lead elephant of the procession which also carries the idol. Image source: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

An exhibition is also held during this period. Karnataka Exhibition Authority is entrusted with the responsibility of organising the exhibition. The exhibition starts during Dasara and continues till December. Image source: thehindu.com

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold

Dasara celebrations aren’t just limited to the Mysore Palace. The programmes displaying the beauty of  art and culture of the country are held throughout Mysore. Image source: photos.filmibeat.com

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Mysore Dasara: A Sight to Behold
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