Saturday, September 30, 2006

Happy Dussehra !!!!

Mysore and Dussehra

Dussehra symbolises the triumph of Good over Evil.

This Hindu festival is celebrated all over India to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. Here in Karnataka,The Renowned Mysore Dussehra/Durga Puja is a 10 day extravaganza celebrated on a grand scale commemorating the killing of demon Mahishasur by the goddess Durga.

It is a Ten day celebration which ends on Vijayadashami Day. During the festive period the entire city and the mysore palace is decorated with lights and cultural events and musical performances by world-renowned musicians are some of the highlights,including the " Royal Dussehra Procession' held on Vijayadashami the tenth day exhibiting the rich heritage of the region also known for it's Sandal wood . It is led by elephants marching in procession . These elephants are decorated and carry the golden howdah -a golden throne on which the idol of goddess Chamundeswari is seated for the procession. Hundreds of decorated horses, folk dancers, courtiers, soldiers, and visitors follow the colourful procession, it is indeed a visual splendour .Wishing you all a Happy Dussehra!!

some pictures from the net: