UPSC Current – Mysuru keeps annual Dasara fete short
Mysuru keeps annual Dasara fete short
Why in News?
The 10day Mysuru Dasara festivities concluded under the shadow of the COVID19 pandemic, with the world famous Jamboo Savari finale being the shortest and the quickest. The distance of about 270m was covered in under 30 minutes, with a nominal presence of cultural troupes and tableaux.
What is Mysuru Dasara ?
- Mysore Dasara is the Nadahabba (state festival) of the state of Karnataka in India. It is a 10-day festival, starting with nine nights called Navaratri and the last day being Vijayadashami. The festival is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.
- The Hindu festival of Dasara, Navratri and Vijayadashami celebrates the victory of good over evil. It was the day in the Hindu legends when Goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) killed the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura is the demon whose slaying by the Goddess gave the city the name Mysuru.
- The Mysuru tradition celebrates the warriors and the state fighting for the good during this festival, ritually worshipping and displaying the state sword, weapons, elephants, horses along with Hindu Devi goddess in her warrior form (predominantly) as well as the Vishnu avatar Rama. The ceremonies and a major procession is traditionally presided by the king of Mysuru