Best place to be: Mysore
Mysore Dasara is a grand 10-day festival starting from 25th September and ending on 4th October with the spectacular Dasara procession. Dasara is observed as a state festival and is steered by the Royal family of Mysore who perform special poojas on the occasion. During the festival entire city including the palace and other important building are decorated and illuminated. Cultural programs along with sports, wresting, food & film festivals and exhibition are organized. Mysore is a great destination for travellers at this time.
On Vijayadashami or 04th October, the traditional Dasara procession will be held on the streets of Mysore city. The main attraction of this procession is the idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari, which is placed in a golden howdah on the top of a decorated elephant.
The royal couple and other invitees worship this idol before it is taken around in the procession. Colorful tableaux, dance groups, music bands, armed forces, folklores, the royal identities, decorated elephants, horses and camels form a part of the procession which starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantap, where the Banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped.
The Dasara festivities would culminate on the night of Vijayadashami with an event held in the grounds at Bannimantap called as Panjina Kavayithu (torch-light parade).