Mysore Dasara Procession (Jamboo Savari)

The most amazing among the festivities is the Mysore Dasara procession conducted on the tenth day of Vijayadashami, i.e. Dasara, when the idol of the Goddess is taken in a spectacular procession of gold-laden elephants, starting from the iconic Mysore Palace and continuing all over the city. The idol is seated in a golden howdah, weighing 750 kg placed on an elephant adorned with golden ornaments. One of the prominent attractions of the procession is the colorful tableaux of various Indian states. The procession ends in Bannimantap, where a pooja is performed of the Banni tree.

The end of the festivities is marked by a spectacular torch light parade, named Panjina Kavayatthu, conducted in the Bannimantap grounds. At this occasion, an amazing fireworks show, heart-pounding stunts performed on motorbikes by Indian Army soldiers and a laser show are held, which should never be missed.

[Banni Tree – The legend of Banni Tree says that the Pandavas used Banni tree to hide their weapons, during the one year of their Adnyatavasa (living anonymously). It is a tradition to worship this tree for getting its blessings before going on a war.]

Various programs are held on the occasion of Dasara which consist of cultural programs displaying the music, dance and theatre of Karnataka, doll shows and flower shows, sports, Kavigoshti (poets’ meet), Kusti Spardhe (wrestling competition), food and film festival, Yuva Dasara (youth festival) and the famous Dasara Exhibition held by Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA).

Dasara Exhibition
The Dasara Exhibition is a giant fair held for 90 days and is marked by numerous stalls of the public and private sector industries who promote their business on the occasion of Dasara. This is a paradise for shoppers. It contains a lot of entertainment too, in form of variety of rides and games.
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