Best Events to see in Mysore
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Mysore or officially known as “Mysuru” is the cultural capital of the state Karnataka, and the cleanest city in the country hence it is the centre point of attraction for every traveller. Mysore is known for its palaces, coffee production, sandalwood factories, grandeur events, festivals, and Mysore silk.
So here I have the list of the 12 best events to attend in Mysore so that you can explore the city.
Dasara in Mysore
Dasara is a festival celebrated all across India. It’s a Hindu festival of 10 days which mostly occurs during mid of September to October. This festival manifests the victory of good over evil. Dasara in Mysore holds its importance in Karnataka as locally the festival is called as Nadahabba. During the 10 days of Dasara, Mysore city gets into a never-ending carnival where you can enjoy the dances, shows, fairs, amazing food, the local market, and beautiful Mysore Palace which glows in dark like a golden flower. These 10 days of Dasara is the most auspicious and fun time to visit the city.
Vairamundi Festival of Melkote
Vairamundi festival also known as Vairamudi Brahmotsava is celebrated in name of Lord Vishnu. Legends say that when the crown of diamonds brought by Garuda was given to Lord Vishnu, this festival was celebrated. This festival continues for10 days which includes Garudotsava, the first celebration of the Vairamundi festival, and then continues with daily celebration for the next 10 days. These 10 days are the liveliest in Melkote filled with fun and enjoyment.
Ugadi is also known as GudiPadwa is the New Year’s Day for people of Karnataka. The festival is celebrated in March or April. It is believed that Lord Bhrama started creating earth on Ugadi. On the night of Ugadi, a musical night also called a music festival is conducted in Mysore palace where many popular singers and bands give a performance. It is believed that this day of the year brings a new beginning and prosperity to everyone’s life.
Mysore Shopping Festival
Mysore Shopping Festival is a large shopping festival where more than 1000 shops participate in so that retail trade can increase and attract tourists. This shopping festival is conducted in association with Karnataka tourism and other sponsors. It’s a great opportunity for shopaholics to shop.
Makara Sankranti is a Hindu festival which is celebrated in India. This festival is known by many names like Bihu in Assam, Lohri in Punjab, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, and Uttarayana Punyakala in Mysore. In Mysore, on the day of Makara Sankranti people put rangoli outside their houses, prepare delicious food, exchange gifts, and fly kites.
Hampi Utsav or the Hampi festival is also called as ‘VijayaUtsav’ which means victory celebration. Hampi festival is the celebration of the ancient empire of Vijayanagar now known as Hampi. This festival is a huge celebration that happens with number of devotees every year. On the day of the festival, the celebration takes place at the Virupaksha Temple and includes folk dances and songs which display the culture and heritage of the region.
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Pattadakal Dance Festival
Pattadakal Dance festival is also known as the Chalukya dance festival originated from a small village in Karnataka called Pattadakal. The word Pattadakal means ‘place of coronation’. The temples in Pattadakal are marvelous as they have a great history behind them. The celebration of the Pattadakal Dance Festival is conducted by the Government of Karnataka that attracts a large number of people to witness the beautiful classical music and dance performances.
Vara Mahalakshmi Puja
VaraMahalakshmi Festival is celebrated in many parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka. This festival occurs on a full moon day and in this puja people fast for a day and after the puja, they tie a holy thread on their wrist which is a sign of protection. On the day of the festival, many people visit the temple of goddess Lakshmi to get her blessings.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a popular Hindu festival in India. Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. This festival is a celebration of Lord Ganesh’s arrival on earth with his mother goddess Parvati. In this festival, people decorate their houses with flowers and bring a statue of Lord Ganesh in their house. The festival lasts for 11 days and during these 11 days, people worship Lord Ganesh and serve sweets like modak, payasam, and kosambari to him.
Gowri festival is locally known as Gowri Habba in Karnataka which occurs a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. On this day people clean and decorate their houses with holy statues. They decorate their Puja Ghar (shrine) for the arrival of Ganesh, wear new clothes, prepare delicious food, sweets and visit the temple of Goddess Gowri.
Sri Vithappa Fair
Sri Vithappa Fair is a famous fair of Karnataka. It originates from a city called Vithappa. The fair is conducted on the 14th and 15th of Aswija month every year. The fair continues for 3 days and attracts a huge crowd. This celebration has an important role in the religious culture and heritage as people from different states of India come here to attend the fair with great enthusiasm.
Karnataka Rajyotsava or locally called Kannada Rajyotsava is a celebration that signifies the formation of Karnataka as a state. Karnataka Rajyotsava is celebrated on 1st November every year and it is a national holiday, hence all schools, colleges, educational institutes, and offices are closed but mostly on this day every school college, and office celebrates Karnataka Rajyotsava with great excitement, folk dance, and music is performed, the state flag of Karnataka is hoisted and sweets are distributed.
Mysore is filled with diversity, beauty, religion, celebration, culture, heritage, and history. The city will make you fall in love with it and every moment you spend in Mysore will always remain in your heart.
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