Celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor every year, the Mysuru Dussehra (called as Dasara in Mysuru) is a unique socio-religious cultural event of South India. Unlike at other places in India, the highlight of Mysore Dussehra is not the burning of Ravan, Meghnad or Kumbhkaran. It is actually the 10 days lighting of Mysore Palace with 100000 lakh bulbs during Navratri followed by an elaborate afternoon event following Vijaydashami, where the idols of Chamundeshwari Devi sitting atop the caparisoned elephant is carried in a 750 kg gold hauda(thats true!) at the end of a 2 hour long pageant of local arts and dances inside the palace. Its a life time event to watch as whole of Mysore joins in the festivity at the palace.
Luckily, I happened to be there last week with my son and my brother and witnessed this grand event myself and also through my lens. The galaxy of invitees included the Chief Minister of Karnataka and every who is who of Karnataka. The current King of Mysore Raja Yaduveer Krishnadutta Chamraja Wodeyar too graced the occasion. The large participation of the general public of Mysore along with tourists from India and abroad charged the whole participation
The festivity as reflected in the pictures below speaks perhaps more than the words i have written above:)