What a fabulous October it was at Mysore! And why not, it was the month of Dasara, a festival unlike any other! Even as we prayed for the distressed farmers of our state and despite the low- key celebrations made this year, it was special as ever in the heart of every Mysorean.[caption id="attachment_2729" align="alignleft" width="351"] Dressed for DASARA[/caption]
In some ways, this year’s Dasara was exceptional. To begin with, it was kick started by our new king Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the 27th Maharaja of Mysore as he held the Khas Durbar at the ornate, glass-topped Amba Vilas palace. Such a pleasure it was to watch the young scion of the Wadiyar family perform the rituals for the very first time!
[caption id="attachment_2728" align="alignright" width="351"] Yogacharya Bharath Shetty felicitated during Yoga Dasara[/caption]
A week long Yoga Utsava (Yoga fest) was also held in the city right after Dasara festivities was over. More than 1000 people took part in the morning sessions and the Mahasatsang held in the evenings. The event featured demonstrations of various yoga asanas. It concludes on October 31st.
The 9 days long festival this year included many events like flower show, various concerts at the palace premises, farmer’s Dasara, wrestling and other sports, Dasara kavi ghoshti (poets’ meet) and Dasara book fair. The main attractions though were Light Music performed by Sri Vijay Prakash and team, Bharatanatyam by Smt Krupa Phadke and team, Dasha Veene by Sri K R Padmanabha and Hindustani Music by Pandit Indudhar Nirodi. All of the above were performed at the palace premises.
As a part of flower show and farmers’ dasara, several programmes were held like seminars on Sustainable Agricultural Farming, Terrace and Kitchen Garden and varieties of flower rangolis . People actively took part in competitions like Ikebana and flower arrangement, fruit salad making, drawing and painting and other games for rural women and children.
Dasara sports saw young and enthusiastic men and women take part actively and it was as lively as any other Dasara event.[caption id="attachment_2727" align="alignright" width="425"] Jumbo Savari conducted during DASARA at Mysore in Oct 2015.[/caption]
Tens of thousands of people witnessed the Jamboo Savari on the final day. The idol of Goddess Chamundeeshwari was placed in the 750kg golden howdah on Arjuna, the elephant. He looked fantastic! The Goddess was welcomed with emotions of both love and high reverence by all the people. The more than 5 Km procession from the palace showcased many art forms from different corners of Karnataka and ended at Bannimantapa. Thus, another spectacular Dasara came to a close with much grandeur leaving the people wanting for more. The festive mood still lingers in our hearts.