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Mysore Dasara

The grandeur of Dasara as a State Festival in the city of Mysore, a seat of cultural heritage, has won acclaim all over the world, and attracts a large number of visitors, both Indian and foreign. The cultural programmes held at the Mysore palace, the Jagan Mohan Palace, Kalamandir and the town hall, the sports and wrestling events, colourful procession of Goddess Chamundeshwari, torchlight parade and fireworks at Bannimantap and exhibition mark the main attractions of  Dasara.
 
Basically, Navarathri is a feast of mother Goddess worshipped in different names and forms such as - mahakali, mahishasura mardhini, chamundi, kali, durga, raktadanti, shakambari and brahmani. Dasara starts on the first day of Ashwija month. This year, the Dasara festivities starts on 8th October and culminates with the world famous Jambu Savari on the 17th October. The worship of weapons, ayudhapooja or mahanavami and the victory march of the king along with his army on the tenth day - vijayadashami were the customary features of the festival in ancient times. It is also called as the festival of dolls, which are arranged in a fascinating manner in the houses of Mysoreans, even today.
 

About Mysore

Legend goes that Mysore has been named after the demon Mahishasura, who was slain here by Goddess Durga. From 1400 A.D, Mysore was the main city of the Hindu Kings, the Wodeyars. The Wodeyars were under the Vijayanagar Empire till it collapsed in 1565 A.D, upon which they declared themselves independent. In 1956 this princely state joined the Republic of India marking the end of the Wodeyar rule in Mysore. There was a brief interlude though in the 18th century with Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan taking reigns of the Mysore kingdom with Srirangapatna as their capital. However, on defeating Tipu Sultan, the British handed Mysore back to the Wodeyar Kings
 
 
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