Mysore (Mysuru) Dasara
Mysore Dasara is the Karnataka State Festival, held annually in Mysore. Mysore is famous for the 10-day Dussehra celebration held during Dasara. During this Dasara festival, various cultural events and performances are organized. The royal sword is worshipped on the 9th day of Dasara, which is known as Mahanavami. Later this sword is taken in procession along with decorated elephants and horses.
On this day, a ritual similar to Ayudha Puja is held during Navratri on the Navami Tithi. Goddess Chamundeswari (also known as the Durga) has been honored for killing the demon Mahishasur with a buffalo head. The 5 km long procession begins from Mysore Palace and ultimately ends in a place called Bannimantapa. In Bannimantapa, people worship the Banni tree. The unique elephant parade is locally known as Jumbo Savari. The Dasara Festivals culminate with the torchlight parade known as Panjina Kavayatthu.
Mysore Dasara 2021 Date
Mysore will start on 7th October 2021, Thursday at 9 am and the most beautiful celebration of the festival would be seen on the final day of Navratri, i.e. Vijayadasami, which is falling on 15th October 2021, Friday.
Significance and History of Mysore Dasara
The Vijayanagar Kings started the Mysore Dussehra celebrations in the 15th century. After the loss of their empire, in the year 1610, Raja Wodeyar-I started the celebration of Dasara. During Mysore Dasara, there will be various events at different locations such as Mysore Palace, auditoriums, exhibition grounds, and many more. Such activities draw the attention of people from different parts of India as well as the world.
The ritual is closely connected with a legend of Chamundi Hill's goddess Chamundeshwari who conquered Mahishasura, the buffalo headed demon. This event is depicted especially on the tenth day of the festival called the Vijayadashmi. The first nine days of Dasara are called 'Navaratri,' which represent the nine forms of the Goddess Shakti. The festivities began with a special pooja performed by the Royal Wodeyar couple to goddess Chamundeshwaria at the temple located at Chamundi Hill in Mysore. During the tenure of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, in 1805, a special durbar (royal assembly) began during Dasara in the Mysore Palace.
Members of the Royal Family, influential guests, officials, and the masses are the only attendees for the special durbar. This practice has continued with the Wodeyar family's new generation who kept a private durbar at Dasara. The famous Mysore Exhibition, which opens during Dasara, was initiated by Chamaraja Wodeyar X, in 1880, to introduce the people of Mysore to the latest innovations and developments. The Dasara exhibition was completely given to the Karnataka Exhibition Authority from 1987.
Mysore Dussehra Procession and Exhibition
The first procession is a famous parade called the Jumbo Savari from the decorated Mysore Palace to Bannimantap's holy grounds. During this time, there are various aspects of the last procession along with more significant additions, including large groups, dance units, massive decorated floats representing many significant historical events.
Nevertheless, in this particular parade, the main attraction is the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari, mounted on the golden seat on the top of an elephant. Jumbo Savari culminates at Bannimantap at the evening of Vijayadashmi. Another favorite feature of the Mysore Dasara is the exhibition which will be held opposite the Mysore Palace until December.
Other places that celebrate Dussehra
Most Indian states celebrate Dasara in which they celebrate in their unique way.
1. West Bengal Dashami
They set up massive pandals, very beautifully decorated, with a specific theme. Durga Puja is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Kolkata. Married women exchange sindoor for the welfare of their husbands in front of the goddess.
2. Mangalore Dasara
Mangalore Dasara's main attraction is the various forms of folk art such as tiger and bear dance. Young men in troops pose as lions dance for drum beats.
3. Ahmedabad Dussehra
The Dussehra Festival is celebrated as Navratra in the City of Ahmedabad. During the nine days of Navratri, you can find people participating in Garba, which is the state's leading folk dance. People dance with sticks in their hands for the melodies of folk songs.
4. Delhi Dussehra
Dussehra is celebrated in the capital of Delhi in a spectacularly lively way. Actors dressed like Lord Rama and Ravana to replicate the event in parks, streets, and grounds throughout the town.
5. Punjab Dussehra
Punjab people celebrate Dussehra by honoring the goddess. During the first seven days of the Navratri, most people will fast. People perform Jagraata staying awake all night during which they chant devotional songs. On the eighth day, which is called Ashtami, people break their fasting by arranging for nine young girls with Bhandara or Kanjak to worship them.
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