Mysore Dasara festival, 2023 began in earnest atop Chamundi Hill, Mysore with traditional rituals

Mysore Dasara 2023 festival, KA.

.Mysore Dasara festival

Mysore Dasara, or the  Navarathri (actually meaning nine nights), 10-day  vibrant Hindu festival is also known as   Nadahabba” that annually falls in  September or October.  In the past decades  Dasara has become an important  dazzling State-Festival  of Karnataka highlighting the culture and ethos of this region. The historic and traditional link of this grand festival with the Royal family of Mysore goes  as far back as the beginning in the 14th century; it is 414th  year since the inception of  Dasara celebration in Mysore. 

Dasara festival.

The formal start of the ten-day long festivities began with religious fervor by the present CM of Karnataka Siddaramaiah and his ministerial colleagues.  Music Director Hamsalekha inaugurated this year’s festival by lighting  the traditional lamp and showering  flower petals on the deity of Chamundeshwari (an incarnation of Durga)  atop Chamundi Hills at the most auspicious time  on October 15, 2023.  The related puja rituals were  held between 10 am and 2 pm.  The colorful and inspiring festival culminates  on October 24 with Vijayadashami or Dasara procession and a torch light parade at Bannimantap grounds.The  Vijayadashami procession, is an interesting one, featuring  decorated elephants,folk dancers, musicians, and various cultural troupes.

As part of this most popular festival this year on the agenda will be a host of  interesting events -  cultural programs at Mysuru Palace premises, flower show, Dasara exhibition, food festival, wrestling competitions, air show, poets conference etc - all these are  a testament to Karnataka's rich cultural heritage. The festi ..

 For the  the Royal family of Mysore, every year    Dasara  being a grand family event, the tradition has it the . Scion of the Mysore royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, will perform the Dasara rituals.

Mahanavami and Ayudha puja rituals are to be  celebrated on 23rd October, Monday  at the Kalyana Mantapa of the palace.

On Tuesday, 24th October, Vijayadashami, the most auspicious ritual one  will be celebrated with devotion. The highlight of this event is  it will be held at Karikallu Thotti in front of the Kalyana Mantapa of the palace.

The Golden Throne, assembled on 10th October, will be disassembled on 8th November, Thursday.