Mysore Dassara festival
Mysore Dasara is the state-festival of the state of Karnataka in South West India. It is also called Navaratri and is a 10-day festival with the last day being Vijayadashami, the most auspicious day of Dasara. It usually falls in the month of September or October. Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil and was the day when the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura is the demon from whose name the name Mysore has been derived. The city of Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival and the festivities there are an elaborate affair, attracting a large audience including foreigners. The Dasara festival completed 400th anniversary in the year 2010. Mysore Palace will be illuminated daily during the ten day festival with nearly 1 lakh light bulbs on all days of the festival. Nearly Rs. 1 crore is spent every year towards the maintenance & illumination.Various cultural and religious programs which highlights the dance, music and culture of the State of Karnataka will be performed in front of the Palace.This years festival will be held from September 25th,2014 -October 4th.
For more info visit : http://www.mysoredasara.gov.in/