Mysore Dasara– The tenth day of Durga Puja or Dasara, we all know is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. Read here some interesting stories behind the celebration of Mysore Dasara

There are two important stories behind the celebration of Dussehra festival in Indian One story is associated with Lord Ram and another is associated with Goddess Durga. 

While most of us grew up listening to the stories of Ram and Goddess Durga, let’s discuss Mysore Dasara, which has always been a mark of royal celebration for several centuries.

The tenth day of Dasara is what is famous as ‘Jumbo Savari.’ Yes, this is when colorfully painted elephants will gracefully walk around the city. and world famous Mysore Palace.

According to a legend, Vijayadashami denoted the victory of truth over evil and was the day when the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura.

Mysore palace

Mahishasura was the demon from whose name the name Mysore has been derived. The city of Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival, and the festivities there is an elaborate affair, attracting a broad audience including foreigners. The Dasara festival completed the 400th anniversary in the year 2010.

Mysore Dasara- The Main Attractions & What To See

The main attraction of the ten-day Mysore Dasara festival is the Mysore Palace which is illuminated daily with nearly 1 lakh (100,000) light bulbs from 7 pm to 10 pm on all days of the festival.Mysore Dasara-it is about the elephants, food, lights and the royal family of Mysore, the Wodeyars. Of the many things, one that is most notable during Dasara is the traditional attire adorned by the members of the Mysore royal family.

Dasara elephants being welcomed for Mysore dasara festival at Palace in Mysore on Monday.-KPN

The Training of Jumbos: Before Dasara, the elephants are taken on a walk around the city for 45 days to acclimatize them and make them comfortable with the noise and environment of the city.

So if you want to enjoy the sight and see the graceful Jumbos march around the city with illuminated Mysore Palace, visit Mysore during Dasara. However, prepare to face huge crowds and gatherings.

We at TravelEscape strive to make our reader’s travel plan bit relaxed and comfortable. We highly recommend one of the best local sight tour operators with personal touch goMowgli and try the Mysore City Tour.

Image credit- Wikipedia, churumuri blog.

Visiting Mysore? we suggest you check out the famous bird sanctuary ranganathittu bird sanctuary