Mysore is an enthralling destination for travelers, especially during Dasara. The Mysore Dasara, the royal Festival which has a centuries-old association with the Mysore Palace and falls during October-November, is a must-experience by all means. The Festival celebrates victory of Truth over Evil. Legend has it that the Goddess Chamundeeswari or Durga slew the demon Mahishasuran on Vijayadashami day. Dasara is a 10-day festival in the region culminating on Vijayadashami or tenth day. Vijayadashami is also a day of victory of the King and his subjects. The day marks the successful conclusion of the preceding nine days. On tenth day a grand spectacular Procession is held which starts from Mysore Palace and ends in Bannimantap.
In Karnataka, Dasara is observed as the State festival – Nadahabba. The celebration of the festival is steered by the Royal Family of Mysore. The Dasara festivities have a rich history of more than 400 years. During Dasara, the Palace and the entire City is gaily decorated and illuminated. Cultural programmes by famous artists and other events, are arranged in the Palace, witnessed by a large number of people. The illuminated Mysore Palace, during the Dasara celebrations, draws tourists from all over the world.