Mysore or Mysuru, one of India’s famous tourist destinations is all set for celebrating one festival for which it is known for – Dussehra. Celebrated as a victory of good over evil, Dussehra is the occasion of grand celebrations in the city. In Karnataka, the festival of Dussehra is also considered as the state festival. According to Hindu mythology and facts, Goddess Durga in her 9th avatar killed demon Mahishasura on this day. 

The arrival of Navratri (A nine day festival when people worship Goddesses Durga and her 9 avatars. People also practice fasting and wear colourful clothes) also marks the beginning of the celebrations of Dussehra festival in Mysore. The festival is celebrated for almost 10 days.

As part of the celebrations, the Mysuru Palace is decorated with lighting that glorifies its beauty and enhances the city’s environment. Ramayana theater in the city displays the story of Ramlila. Besides from these events, fairs, processions and parades are also a part of Dussehra celebrations in Mysuru.

The festival also relates to Devi (Goddess Shakti), The Ramayana, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Kingdom of Mysore and the Wadiyar Dynasty.

Mysuru, which is also a popular tourist spot across the nation and many tourists plan their visit to witness this city immersed in the celebrations near Dussehra.

Mysuru has a long tradition of celebrating the Dussehra festival with grandeur and pomp to mark the festival. In 2010, the festival in Mysuru completed its 400th anniversary.

During the festival celebrations, a number of events takes place in the city such as cultural programmes  at Mysuru Palace, Yuva Dussehra, illumination, flower show, Jamboo savari, Dussehra exhibition, Torch light parade and many more.

However, the main attention seeker among various ways of  celebrating the festival is the illumination of Mysore Palace. More than 100,000 light bulbs are used to illuminate and the palace on all days of the festival.

See pictures of Mysuru Palace illuminated for Dussehra