Top 10 Things To Do This Dussehra

14 September  |  Listicles

Durga Puja, Navratri, Vijayadashmi, Dussehra – Several names for a single grand festival! Every part of our country celebrates this festival in a different way, revolving around the central theme of victory of goodness over evil. Dussehra in Mysore is the Nada habba or the state festival of Karnataka. It is celebrated with a lot of joy, gaiety and pomp in the city, with travel enthusiasts from all over the globe thronging Mysore to witness this annual 10-day festival. As you prepare your itinerary to explore the city during the Dasara festival, try out this must0do list of top 10 things in Mysore.

  1. Eat

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Any festival or celebration in India is incomplete without large quantities of scrumptious food prepared for family, relatives, friends and everybody who come over to visit. During the ten-day celebration of Dussehra in Mysore, the people of the city serve mouth-watering masala dosa, rave idli, thatte idli and other varieties that enhance your senses when eaten with coconut chutney and sambhar. Unique to the food culture, it is a must for you to have a plate of sizzling hot Mysore bonda and bajji. If you are a foodie, Dussehra is the right time to cruise through the streets, indulging in the many sweets and lunch dishes the restaurants and food stalls serve. Meals are served on banana leaves with cereal salad, tangy and sour vegetable and lentil broth, along with a traditional vegetable curry, rasam, pickle, papad and curd. The love affair with Mysore Dussehra food is incomplete without a mouthful of Mysore Pak, a traditional sweet in the cuisine. Try Chiroti, Holige, Shavige Payasa and Rave Unde as part of the festive dining experience.

  1. Pandal Hopping

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Almost every street in the city is decked up and pandals are erected for the festivities. Plenty of music concerts and dance performances take place in every pandal.Events depicting the colourful and vibrant Karnataka culture are exhibited in these performances. Go from one pandal to another, participating in the merry making.

  1. Participate in Dhunuchi Naach

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Performed mainly by the Bengali community in Mysore, this dance is enjoyed after evening aarti of the festival. Coconut shells and coal are filled in clay pots and placed on the head, while people dance barefoot and barehanded. Indulge in this age-old tradition of dhunuchi naach, which conjures up images of Mahishasura being slayed by goddess Durga.

  1. Vacation

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Mysore is a wonderfully planned city that is best visited during the Dussehra festival, and ideal to have a weekend getaway in. Plan a vacation to experience the grand celebrations of the defeat of demon Mahishasura at the hands of Goddess Chamundeshwari (another name for Durga). The city also gets its name from this same mythological demon. If you want to explore other places near Mysore, you can stay in the best resorts in Bangalore for day outing to get a sense of metropolitan culture or drive into the forests and stay in the best jungle resorts in Masinagudi.

  1. Spend Time with Friends, Family, Colleagues and Loved Ones

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The festival of Dussehra is synonymous with doll arrangement. Women and young girls display the divine presence of goddesses Lakshmi, Parvati and Saraswati in the form of dolls performing every-day scenes and court-life. Visit friends, family and colleagues, and view the doll arrangements in every house. The arrangements are unique and specific to every house.

  1. Mysore Palace

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The main attraction during the ten-day festival is the brightly lit Mysore Palace. Every day up to 1,00,000 light bulbs shine brightly between 7 and 10 in the evening, illuminating this historical structure. This makes it quite a sight for sore eyes!

  1. A Glimpse of Royalty

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The world famous Mysore Dussehra is incomplete without the royal family presiding over the court in the Amba Vilas Palace. Catch a glimpse of His Highness revelling in the festivities

  1. Decorated elephants

The ten-dayfestivities are concluded by a beautiful and colourful procession called JambooSavari. This event is the epitome of festive magnificence and grandeur. Goddess Chamundeshwari’s idol is carried in a gold howdah atop a colourfully decorated elephant.

  1. Bird’s Eye View

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Sign up for breath-taking sights of the entire city and celebrations in a hot air balloon. Climb into one of the big balloons and soar across the Mysore skies, while viewing the grand palace, Lalitha Mahal, Jaganmohan Palace, and other prominent locations, making it and experience of a lifetime.

  1. Carnival Time

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Right in front of the illuminated palace, a number of religious and cultural programs are performed that highlight the music, dance and culture of Karnataka. There is also a wrestling tournament held in the stadium adjoining these grounds. Folk dances, doll shows and fireworks make for a splendid sight.

Be it the exhibition or the many historical landmarks to visit, Dussehra in Mysore is more than just a celebration. The food, gathering of people, colours, pandals and cultural events makes Mysore a travel highlight during Dussehra.

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