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The word DASARA is a derivative of the Sanskrit ‘Dasha-hara’ meaning remover of bad fate. Dasara, also known as Navratri, is celebrated all throughout India in various forms. In Northern India, the final day of Dasara – Vijayadashami, is believed to be the day when God Ram defeated the evil king Ravan, thus rescuing his wife Seetha. If we go east, Navratri is all about “Durga Pooja”, in praise of the Goddess Durga.
Although Dasara celebrations throughout India are very grand and colourful, perhaps nothing can even be compared to what it is like down south at Mysore. The Mysore Dasara is the ‘Naada Habba’ – State Festival, of the state of Karnataka. The auspicious last day of Dasara – Vijayadashami, is believed to be the day when the Hill Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Thus, the Vijayadashami day marks the victory of good over evil.
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Mysore Dasara is the Nadahabba of the state of Karnataka. It is also called as Navaratri and is a 10-day festival with the last day being Vijayadashami, the most auspicious day of Dasara. Dasara usually falls in the month of September or October. According to a legend, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil and was the day when the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura is the demon from whose name; the name Mysore has been derived. The city of Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival and the festivities here are an elaborate affair and attract a large audience including foreigners.
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