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The Dasara Festival


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The Mysore Dasara Procession
Mysore Dasara Procession

Dasara (a.k.a. Dusharah)  festival is celebrated typically in October. The mode and the fervor vary by a great deal across the subcontinent. Shown above is a painting of the Dasara celebration in Mysore.

Different parts of India celebrate the festival in different ways. Some celebrate it as Navaratri, some as Vijaya-Dashami, and some as Dussehra, in worship of Goddess Durga or celebrating Rama's victory over Rawana. The celebrations vary from a day to nine days (for Navaratri) to a month (for Mysore Dasara). The following pictures depict some of the celebrations.

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See Also:

  • Elephants of Mysore -- Interesting anecdotes and history of the majestic elephants employed during Dasara festivities of Mysore.

 

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Sweetened Oil Seeds Mark the Sankranti FestivalSchool Girls at an Independence Day Procession Unifromed Boys Hoisting National FlagChariot of Honavar TownArtist Making Idol of GaneshGarudi Festival DollsThe Rakhi Festival
A Priest at BandihabbaCollege students celebrate the Holi festivalTemple on WheelsFireworks During the Deepavali FestivalWoman in festive clothing prepares for worshipA Lighted Christmas Tree Lord Ganesh rides his favorite mouse to earth
The Festival of LightsSanta Claus in a Rangoli Design for ChristmasRangoli to Welcome the New MillenniumUsing Rangoli to Greet Friends and NeighborsRangoli to wish Sankranti GreetingsLord Ganesh in a Floral RangoliA thatched roof temple with Dasara Greetings
Sacrificial TigerGirl Carrying Offerings to Lord KrishnaParade of the Mysore Golden HowdahPlaying Holi by exchanging ColorsPerformer During a Konkani Harvest Festival (Shigmo)Ram Mela FestivalVillagers during a Festival of Gopuja (Worship of Cow)
Temple Chariot, TiruparankundramPresidential Guards at the Republic Day Parade, New DelhiHidimba Devi FestivalMatam with ZanjeerNavarathri Greetings.Festival of ForgivenessIndian Celebrations
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Vendors Selling Dolls for Navaratri FestivalA thatched roof temple with Dasara GreetingsCeremonial Lamp Parade of Bastar Dasara
Goddess Durgas Family The Mysore Dasara ProcessionThe Elephant Mounted King

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