Mysore Dasara 2020 Dates2020 Mysuru Dasara will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, 17 October and ends on Tuesday, 27 October
Mysore Dasara TicketsWhile most of the Mysore Dasara remains free for the visitors, the most important events, "The Torchlight Parade" requires a ticket. Visitors can also acquire a VIP Gold Card which guarantees access to not only the parade but also a hound of special offers and separate seats. This VIP Gold Card costs around INR 4000 per person.
Venue of Mysore Dasara FestivalThe Jumbo Safari Route- The procession begins at the Mysore Palace and proceeds down Albert Road from where it reaches the Sayyaji Rao Road. From here, the parade moves through the Bamboo Bazaar and Highway Circle before reaching the final point of the Bannimantap Grounds. Aside from this, the various exhibits are held on the grounds opposite the Mysore Palace.
History of Mysore Dasara
Since this myth was celebrated some centuries ago, the seat of the palace has been maintained by the Wadiya's to this day, and over time they have added many traditions and introduced new forms of art, culture and entertainment that are now associated to the Mysore Dasara Celebrations.
Mysore Dasara ProcessionThe procession or parade held on the tenth day of Dasara marks the most prominent aspect of the entire festival. There are a total of three parades held during the Mysore Dasara. The first procession is on the ninth day of Dasara called the Mahanavami. This procession is held to worship the royal sword and is a time-old tradition which sees a parade of camels, horses, elephants, dancers and people dressed in the finest of liveries. The Royal Family also presides over the procession and takes part in it.
The following two processions are what comes to everyone's mind when thinking about the Mysore Dasara. These happen consecutively on the tenth day of Mysore Dasara known as Vijayadashmi.
The first procession is the traditional parade called the Jumboo Savari which begins from the ornately lit Mysore Palace to the sacred grounds of Bannimantap. During this time, there are several aspects of the previous procession along with grander additions which include large bands, dance troupes, massive decorated floats that depict many important mythical events as well as a gathering of the armed forces. However, the main attraction in this unique parade is the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed atop a golden seat on an elephant. This idol is privately worshipped by the royal family (which also take part in the procession) before the parade and is then displayed for all individuals witnessing the spectacle.
The parade makes its final stop at the Bannimantap Grounds which holds a Banni Tree that was used for hiding arms and later worshipped by the legendary Pandavas. The evening of Vijayadashmi, when the Jumbo Savari halts at the Bannimantap, the mesmerising torchlight parade commences. This parade is also called the Panjina Kavayitha and is specially organised to have a great end to an extraordinary festival.
Mysore Dasara Celebrations - Exhibition & EventsAside from the processions at the end of Mysore Dasara, several other events take place throughout the ten days. These events manage to captivate its visitors with its wide range and uniqueness. The activities vary from sporting events, cycling and heritage tours, wrestling, yoga, film festivals, pet shows treasure hunts to events celebrating the art and culture of Mysore. Food is also a huge aspect of this festival, and you will find a variety of different food stalls showcasing their delicacies to all visitors.
Another favourite aspect of the Mysore Dasara is the exhibition that takes place on the grounds opposite the Mysore Palace and is held there throughout the festival till December. This exhibition carries with it every ware underneath the sun and fulfils every person's fantacy. Wares range from clothing items, kitchenware and cosmetics to gaming and rides and entertainment like the Ferris wheel. Many individuals visit the exhibition when they're out to witness the Palace in all its glory.
During Mysore Dasara, the usually shining Mysore Palace stands out even more stunning as it is illuminated with almost 100,000 light bulbs.