A fiesta of colorful traditions and sacred rituals, the Mysore Dasara festival has transcended the confines of the state and is regarded as one of India's finest festival experiences. Held in the months of September and October, Mysore Dasara (Dussehra) festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil as manifested in the destruction of demon king Mahishasura by the Goddess Chamundeshwari.
During this ten-day extravaganza of pomp and pageantry, the Mysore city
is engulfed in a riot of colors as street corners, houses, shops and
important monuments are illuminated and decorated. In tune with the
festive celebrations, various cultural events take place in the city
that provide a glimpse of India's finest music, theatre, art and dance
The Mysore Dasara celebrations reach their acme on Vijaydashami or the
tenth day procession. This unique procession, rich in detail, witnesses
mounted guardsmen in royal insignia and caparisoned elephants carrying
the idol of goddess Chamundi in a gold howdah winding through the
gaily-decorated city streets. The procession begins from Mysore Palace
and concludes at the Banni Mantap. The festival culminates in a torch
light parade in the evening and a stunning fireworks display
illuminating the night sky.