Mysuru Dasara is the “Naada habba” or the “State Festival” of Karnataka. It is an important religious festival for the Hindus lasting ten days, signifying the triumph of good over evil when Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura is the demon from whose name the name Mysuru has been derived. Festivities were first started by the Wodeyar King, Raja Wodeyar I in the year 1610. The Mysore Palace is lit up on all the 10 days of Dasara.
On Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession, locally known as Jumboo Savari, is held on the streets of Mysuru city, starting at the Palace and ending at Bannimantap, where the Banni tree is worshipped. According to a legend of the Mahabharata, the Banni tree was used by the Pandavas to hide their arms during their one-year period of Agnatavasa (living life incognito). Before undertaking any warfare, the kings traditionally worshipped this tree to help them emerge victorious in the war. In the preceding nine days of Navaratri, the celebrations start only with Saraswathi puja on the sixth day. Day Eight is dedicated to Goddess Durga, while Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Day Nine, which is also celebrated as Ayudh puja.
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