Looking for the schedule of Mysore Dasara? Here is Mysore Dasara events, schedule, and venue.
Mysore Dasara – An Overview
The Mysore Dasara or the Navarathri is a 10-day festival that falls in the month of September or October. Mysore Dasara is the “Nadahabba” or the State-Festival of the State of Karnataka, called as “Navaratri” meaning Nine-Nights, a 10-day festival, celebrated with utmost spectacle and joy in the city of Mysore.
The Dasara festivities have a rich history of more than 400 years. During this 10 days festival, the normally calm and peaceful city transforms into a hub of celebrations and activities.
The celebration is divided into:
- Rural Dasara
- Yuva Dasara
- Children’s Dasara
- Farmer’s Dasara
- Women’s Dasara
- Yoga Dasara
Mysore Dasara Events 2019 – Highlights
- Date – 29th September – 8th October 2018
- PV Sindhu, first Indian to win badminton World Championships will inaugurate the Dasara 2019 Sports
- It is 409 years since Mysore started celebrating Dasara
- The festival began in the 14th century
- Mysore Palace will be illuminated with around 100,000 bulbs
- Department of Tourism and Karnataka SRTC are joining hands and launched a special aircraft
- Tickets can be booked through MakeMyTrip, Air India sites and Yatra.
The Navarathri festivities start with the lighting up of the Mysore Palace with 100,000 light bulbs in the evenings for the duration of the festival. It takes place from 7.00 PM – 10.00 PM.
There is a food mela that is organised in the Scouts and Guides ground. There are also various cultural programs held at the Mysore Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Kalamandir, Kuppanna Park, Ganabharati, and Nadabrahma.
Mysore Dasara Events – A Comprehensive List
Mysuru is known for Yoga. Keeping a date with this, the Yoga Dasara will be organised in the city between September 30 and October 6 in various places across the city. It will be the major attraction for the tourists as yoga teachers and students will perform various asanas in this Dasara event. The detailed programme has been made available here.
The Department of Archaeology is organising the Heritage Dasara on October 3 at the Exhibition authority office premises near Basaveshwar circle. Various traditional games will be played in this Dasara festival and winners will be awarded prizes.
The traditional games competitions which will be organised in this Dasara include tiger and sheep etc. For more information visit this page.
Dasara Water Sports
Another major Mysore Dasara Event will be Dasara water sports. The Dasara water sports events will be organised in the iconic Varuna Lake. The sports will start from September 15.
The major water sports facilities available in the Varuna lake include rafting, kayaking, Jet SKI, banana ride etc. For more information visit this page.
every year, Youth Dasara attracts same number of audience like the main Dasara. This year the annual youth Dasara will be celebrated between September 17 and 24 at the Open Air Theatre, Manasagangothri inside the University of Mysore (UoM). For more details check this site.
Dasara exhibition is famous for the goods and products from across South India. The exhibition will be one of the most famous events of the Dasara since the last 70 years. This exhibition is conducted at the exhibition grounds of the city. It will be inaugurated on September 29 by the district in-charge minister V Somanna. It will continue for 90 days. Visit this page for more information
Dasara Flower Show
Every year lakhs of people especially visitors throng to the Kuppanna park in the heart of the city to enjoy the Dasara flower show. Theme based flower decorations, replicas are the major attraction of this show. It can be compared with the Lalbagh flower show. This year the flower shop starts on September 29. Details can be found here.
Dasara Film Festival
One of the latest additions to the Dasara festival is film festival. Best of the Indian movies are screened as part of the film festival. It is organised at the Kalamandir on the Hunsur road of the city between September 29 and October 4. More details about the film and films that will be screened can be found here.
With the idea of providing a platform for the sports persons to exhibit their skill and talent, every year Dasara sports are organised. It is national-level event. The sports event will be held at Chamundi Vihar Stadium in the Banni Mantap. For more details visit this page.
The tourists shall not miss the Samskrutika Dasara which will be held in the majestic back drop of Mysuru Palace. Starting from September 29, till the end, cultural performances by well-known artists from across the country are organised in front of the palace. The event details are made available here
From the native cuisine of Soliga, Jenu Kuruba and other tribal to the cuisine of Gujarat, Kashmir, one can taste a variety of food here. It will be organised at the Scouts and Guides ground in the city. The entire area is divided into the vegetarian and non-vegetarian pavilion. More details available here.
Mysuru province was known for patronising the wrestling. Even today Garadi (wrestling training centres) can be found on each street of the city. According to this tradition, every year, the wrestling competition is also organised as part of the Dasara. In the wrestling competition, wrestlers from across South India participate. For more details check this page.
Women And Children’s Dasara
This event is exclusively organised for women and children. The event is organised between September 29 and October 4 at the GK grounds near the city railway station. Various events and competitions are organised for women and children. For more info, click here.
Between October 1 and 3, farmer’s Dasara will be held in the GK grounds of the city. It will be organised exclusively for farmers from across the state. Various traditional competitions will be organised for the farmers in this Dasara. For more details se here.
Fine Arts Dasara
Mysuru is known for the various fine arts like Mysuru painting, Ganjifa arts etc. To exhibit the Mysuru specific fine arts, this event is organised. It will be held at the Kalamandira on the Hunsur main road between October 2 and 5. Paintings of well-known artists will be exhibited here. More details are available here.
Dasara Torch Parade
After the Dasara Jambu Savari, the soldiers and artists from across the country will perform various stunts at the night of October 8 at the Bannimantapa grounds. Governor of the Karnataka will be the chief guest of this event. More details are available here.
Other Major Attractions Of The Dasara 2019
- Vintage car rally
- Dasara ornamental fish show
- Dasara gravel festival
- Dasara pet show
- Dasara chitra santé
- Dasara traditional games competition
- Dasara kite festival
On all the 10 days of Dasara, various music and dance concerts are held in auditoriums around Mysore city. Musicians and dance groups from all over India are invited to perform on this occasion.
Mysore Dasara Event – The Jamboo Savari
The Jumbo Savari (Mysore Dasara Procession) is held on the streets of Mysore city on Vijayadashami. It starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantap.
The main attraction of this procession is the idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari, which is placed on a golden mantapa on the top of a decorated elephant. This idol is worshipped by the royal couple and other invited guests before it is taken around in the procession.
Colourful tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses, and camels form a part of the procession. After the Jamboo Savari a torchlight parade takes place in the evening at the Bannimantap Parade Grounds.
Major Mysore Dasara Events 2019
- Inauguration with Pooja: 29th September 2018
- Mysore Dasara Procession (Jumboo Savari): 19th October 2018. 2.30 PM to 4 PM (Starting from Mysore palace to Bannimantap)
- Mysore Dasara Torchlight Parade – 19th October 2018. 8:00PM. Venue: Bannimantap Ground
- Mysore Palace illumination: 07.00 PM to 09.00 PM from 10th October 2018 to 18th October 2018. 07.00 PM to 10.00 PM on 19th October 2018
- Cultural program: starts from 10th October 2018 and will be held at various venues
- Yuva Dasara sports: 12th October 2018 to 17th October 2018. Activities at various venues
- Dasara Heritage Treasure Hunt: 17 October 2018
Main Venues of Mysore Dasara 2019
- Devaraj Arash Stadium
- Bannimantap Grounds
- Scouts and Guides Ground
- Kaveri Office
- Doddekere Maidan
- Chamundi Vihar Maidan
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The executives will help the tourists to plan their itinerary in the entire old Mysuru region including Mysuru, Kodagu, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Hassan. Tourists can get details of the tourist spots in the entire region beside facilities available
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