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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular events and festivals celebrated in Mysore?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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Do you enjoy celebrations and being a part of it? If yes, then the city will surprise you with its colourful and frolic festivals. The city is almost synonymous with the Dasara festival which is celebrated with much grandeur and extravagance. So, here are a few important ones that you should definitely be a part of.

  • Dasara Festival

    Mysore is synonymous with the Dasara festival celebrations which is the most extravagant festival of the city and celebrated in the months of September and October. The festival has been celebrated with great pomp and show since time immemorial and is still celebrated with equal grandeur. This 10 day long festival commemorates Goddess Chamundeshwari victory after slaying the demon Mahishasura and the triumph of good over evil. During this festival the calm city bursts into vivid colours of life and every street is bustling with activity and decoratively illuminated houses, shops and important buildings of the city.

    On the occasion of Dasara, the royal family of Mysore performs special pooja at the
    Amba Vilas Palace, also known as the Diwan-e-Khas. A remarkable event of the festivities is the two-month long Dasara Exhibition, held at the Doddakere Maidan, in which several business and industrial houses take part along with food and film festival. The most important event, Dasara procession, takes place on the tenth day on Vijayadashami, led by decked elephants carrying the statue of Goddess Chamundeshwari placed on a golden seat. In the procession, along with the elephants, there are decorated horses, folk dance artists and majestic, vivid and colourful drifts. The festival ends with various cultural and traditional functions, torch light and amazing fireworks.

  • Vairamudi Festival

    The most admired and celebrated event of the city, it is observed in the month of March each year and held on sixth day of Brahmotsavam of Lord Cheluvarayaswamy in Melkote. Named after the "diamond crown" festival, it is celebrated with great dedication and splendour. During the festival Lord Cheluvarayaswamy is adorned with the Diamond encrusted crown and the temples of the city are decorated for the event and brightened with oil lamps and candles. Thousands of devotees and supporters come from different parts of the country to be a part of the festivities.

  • Ugadi Festival

    This festival is celebrated on the second half of March or early April all over Karnataka with devotion and joy. It marks the Kannadiga New Year day. Celebrated with great fervour and happiness, this day is considered to be very favourable and auspicious to begin new activities. The festival also marks the arrival of the spring season which brings with itself colourful flowers, verdant meadows indicating a new creation of life. People wash their houses, garland the entrances of house with mango leaves, draw colourful Rangoli, prepare special recipes for feast and buy new dresses as a part of the festivities.

These festivals add bright colour to the landscape of Karnataka, don’t they? So, come and be a part of the rich culture and tradition of the city of celebrations.

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