Ending the nine-day battle between Ram and Ravan, during Dussehra, effigies of the demon god Ravan were prepared and set fire to. People across India celebrated the symbolic final battle wherein good triumphs over evil in a grand way. But Mysore as always was one step ahead of the game and just like every year, this time too the Mysore Palace was being illuminated with around 100,000 light bulbs ahead of the grand Vijayadashami procession for Dussehra.
It is believed that every year nearly Rs10 million is spent on maintenance to provide people with a grand spectacle. Is it enthralling? Yes, you can feel the excitement in the air almost immediately with hundreds and thousands of people visiting the palace, which becomes a hub of cultural events and religious programmes during Dussehra.
The splendid elephant procession or Jamboo Savari becomes the main attraction and this year the crowd witnessed the magnificent elephant, Arjun, carrying a heavy howdah with the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari. According to legend, this is where Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasur and at the Chamundi hill near the city of Mysore, it is believed that the giant body of a buffalo – the last form that Mahishasur took in his fight with Durga.
- J&K: Students Suffer As Schools Along LOC Forced To Shut Amid Firing
- Jayalalithaa’s Health: AIADMK Women Supporters Continue Special Prayers For CM
- HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle First Look Video
- Fissures Remain Within Samajwadi Party: All You Need To Know
- Big Cheer For Delhi-Noida Commuters, DND Flyway Becomes Toll Free
- PM Modi Meets New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
- Ex-Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul Left Behind “Secret Notes” Before He Was Found Hanging: Rajkhowa
- Big Relief For Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa: Here’s Why
- Missing For Three Days, JNU Student Found Dead In Hostel Room
- Bigg Boss 10: Review Of October 25 Episode
- Delhi Government’s Rs 200 Crore Riverfront Plan: Find Out More
- School in Jammu & Kashmir’s Bandipore District Set on Fire
- Ajay Devgn On The Making Of Shivaay: Exclusive Interview
- Bodies Of Maoists Killed In Malkangiri Encounter, One Of The Biggest Such Operations
The titular Maharaja of Mysore Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar performed a puja and saw the procession off from the palace. A little different from the age-old tradition where the Maharaja would ride atop an elephant, but he still made his presence felt. However, this time, the crowd was a little less than last year. It seems protests over Cauvery waters have taken a huge toll on tourism.