The Mysore Dasara is a 10-day royal festival celebrated with great pomp and show in the city of Palace, Mysore. This is the most significant festival of Karnataka State in the South India region. The much-awaited festival events occur at distinctive locations all over the city. The calm and peaceful city became a hub of celebrations during Dasara. Watch the Mysore city during Dasara at https://youtu.be/zhue1Bjw-tI
- 1 Mysore Dasara Festival History
- 2 Mysore Dasara Festival Tickets
- 3 Jumbo Savari/Dasara Festival Procession
- 4 Mysore Dasara Festival Torchlight Parade
- 5 Mysore Palace lighting timings during the Dasara Festival
- 6 Mysore Dasara Festival Special Events
- 7 Dasara Festival Exhibition
- 8 Dasara special flights to Mysore
- 9 Shopping at Mysore
Mysore Dasara Festival History
The city derived its name ‘Mysuru’ after the Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi hill killed the demon king Mahishasura in a fierce battle. Goddess as the major deity of the city, the celebration begins only after the royal couple performs a special puja in Chamundeshwari temple.
The celebration of the Dasara festival originated during the rule of the Vijaynagara Empire. From then onward, Maharaja of the Wadiyar dynasty entrusted the task and the legacy still continued today. A special royal assembly takes place privately in the Mysore Palace where the present King conquests the Golden Throne. A huge number of visitors gathered together to view the massive Golden Throne taken out for public display only during Puja. The vibrant culture and the age-old tradition of the state in the Durbar attract visitors from all over India and the world.
Mysore Dasara Festival Tickets
If you want to get a guaranteed a seat at the Dasara Festival, then go for the Gold Card ticket. Gold Card priced at Rs.4000/- and is available in Bangalore and Mysore at selected tourist centers. It is also available at the D.C. office and APMC office. The gold card is valid from 29th September to 8th October. For more information, you can visit www.karnataka.com. At the D.C. office, you can get tickets to witness Jumbo Savari at Rs. 500 and Rs.1000. The cost of the tickets to Torchlight Parade is Rs.250, Rs.500 and Rs.1000.
Jumbo Savari/Dasara Festival Procession
The Dasara procession begins with the worship of the Royal Sword, which is on the ninth day of Dasara called the Mahanavami. The entire Royal Family takes part in the procession.
The popularity of Mysore Dasara begins with the onset of grandeur and the magnificent event known as Jumbo Savari. Elephants undergo rigorous training to get accustomed to the crowd, and to gain sufficient strength, to carry the weight of Golden Howdah. The significant charm of the Dasara procession the Goddess Chamundeshwari Devi weighs 750 kg and carried in a Golden Howdah on the crown of an elephant.
Colorful tableaux designed by different states take part in the procession.
Musical bands, decorated elephants, folk dancers, horses, and camels mark the shore of an event.
Dasara Festival Procession Route
The Dasara procession begins from the Mysore Palace and ends in the Baninmantap Ground.
Dasara Festival Procession Timings
The procession lasts from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on the 8th of October.
Mysore Dasara Festival Torchlight Parade
The Torchlight Parade marks the culminating event of the 10 days Dasara Celebrations. The most eye-catching part, where the king, dressed in his riding breeches, enters on the back of a horse to the parade ground. The lights lit up and the military officials saluted to welcome the king. The purpose of the parade is to give people a partial view of the history of the state.
About 300 police personnel stole the crowd with their daredevilry acrobatics.
The equestrian show drew an enormous round of applause from the stadium stands. The bike show and the pyramid formation on them won the hearts of many people.
Torchlight Parade Venue at the Dasara Festival
It get organized at Banninmantap Ground.
Torchlight Parade Timings at the Dasara Festival
It is in the evening from 8 PM onward.
Mysore Palace lighting timings during the Dasara Festival
A sight to cherish and remember is the Mysore Palace illuminated with one lakh bulbs. For two hours (7.00 pm to 9.00 pm) on the first eight days (29th Sep to 7th Oct 2019). For three hours (7.00 pm to 10.00 pm) on Vijayadashmi day (8th Oct 2019). A magnificent show of sound and light organized behind an illuminated Mysore Palace. Here, various celebrities give their scintillating performance. Watch the Iconic Mysore Palace at https://youtu.be/gX0oFKRXyZo
Mysore Dasara Festival Special Events
Vintage Car Rally
Around 50 Royal classic cars from India, England, and Srilanka will take a heritage walk around the city. All the rare models of the cars will assemble in front of the Mysore Palace for public viewing.
Venue: It will arrive at Lalitha Mahal Palace at 4:00 PM.
Date: 29th and 30th of September.
Dasara Festival Exhibition
One of the major attractions during Mysore Dasara is the Dasara Exhibition. Here, you can find stalls like clothes, eatables, kitchenware, and cosmetics. One can witness the Silk stalls to highlight the entire process of silk-making, at least 45 varieties of amusement items and games are present. Here you can get various items at cheap rates. The food festival also takes place on this ground. And therefore, the Dasara Exhibition attracts many crowds.
Dasara Exhibition Venue
It is organized in the Dasara Exhibition grounds opposite to the Mysore Palace.
Dasara Exhibition Timings 2019
It begins on 29th September until 11th January 2019. It lasts for three months. It opens at 4:00 PM and closes at 10:00 PM.
The entry fee is Rs.50 per person.
Dasara special flights to Mysore
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and the Department of Tourism have launched special flight service (72-seater) which will take off from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) every day at 2:10 pm from Bangalore to Mysore and back from Mysore to Bangalore at 3:30 pm. It is an initiative to enable tourists to arrive from different places to witness the world-famous Dasara festival comfortably. It will act as a connecting flight for all the tourists landing at Bangalore from other places.
Shopping at Mysore
From sandalwood items, silk, and Handicrafts to incense sticks, Mysore is a shopper’s delight
Sandalwood items: The forests in Mysore are rich repositories of sandalwood trees, and this led to the establishment of the Government sandalwood oil factory in 1917 in Mysore. Since then, shopping in Mysore gets associated with sandalwood items. And while you are there, you can buy the famous Mysore sandalwood soap and perfumes infused with sandalwood fragrance. There are shops like Cauvery Government Emporium which specialize in this. You can also purchase it here. Click on the image below.
Mysore Agarbathi –
It is a variety of Incense sticks made from natural oil and resins and when burnt releases heart-warming aroma. It is famous worldwide, and it comes in a variety of fragrances such as Jasmine, rose, sandalwood, Lily and much more like enormous surprises come in compact packages. You can shop at various places like KR Circle but you can purchase it online.
Mysore Silk Saree
Mysore Silk Saree originated from the conscious effort by Mysore Royalty to cultivate this craft in the 20th century. It is a smooth, variety of silk saree with a different unique sheen that remains perfect for a long time even after multiple washes. The saree decorated with golden zari thread in patterns and borders give it a supreme royal look. Original and authentic Mysore silk sarees have an embroidered number on one edge.