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From: 2013.10.23 To: 2013.10.24
A grand local edition of the joyous Hindu festival, Mysore’s Dussehra (locally spelt ‘Dasara’) is a ten-day royal celebration, with the beautifully illuminated Mysore Palace serving as the epicentre for the gaieties. While most parts of India celebrate the victory of Rama over the demon-king Ravana during the festival, the state of Karnataka commemorates the happy day when Goddess Chamundeeswari (or Durga) killed the demon Mahishasuran. Some just have to be different. The highlight of the festival is a colorful procession parading the cherished idol of Chamundeeswari through the streets on the top of a festively decorated elephant. Throughout Dasara, the royal palace is open to the public, housing a wealth of concerts and dance performances. The festival is rounded off with a torchlight parade of soldiers in ceremonial attire and a spectacular horse show.