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Dussehra is the main Hindu festival of Karnataka. Dussehra was celebrated for about ten days with extravagance by the rulers of Vijayanagar Empire. Later, this became a tradition and was celebrated with great joy. The festival was celebrated at Mysore Palace in Mysore where a Durbar was held for 9 days and on the 10th day a huge procession was taken out with decorated elephants and colorful folks. Today, this festival is still celebrated in Mysore with great pomp and show. In Mysore, Dussehra is celebrated as State festival and also known as ‘Nadahabba’, because of the special initiation taken by the Royal Family of Mysore in the festival celebrations. The festival is celebrated for 10 days and ends on the Vijaydashmi or Dussehra. The first six days are celebrated in the honor of goddess Saraswati. Eight day is dedicated to Durga and ninth day is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. On the 10th day, a huge procession is taken out.

with decorated elephants from the Mysore Palace and ends at Bannimandap. On this day the Mysore Palace is illuminated with lights. Majestic processions, a torch lights parade and dance and musical events enliven the tranquil city of Mysore. Many cultural programs, sports events, poet’s meet, food festival are also organized in the Mysore Palace.