The above picture was taken in Polali, Udupi District
During Dasara in South Canara and Udupi district, people of a particular community dress up like a Lion or Tiger representing the vehicle of goddess Chamundeshwari and dance to the tunes of the band on the streets and near temples.
Ayudha Pooja is a celebration during Dasara. On this day the weapons used during war were worshiped in the palace. The common people worship machines, implements and vehicles at home, factories and offices. This is a grand celebration, and a time to thank the various manmade things for making life easy.
It falls on the 9th day or Navami in the Hindu month of Ashwina, September-October of the Gregorian calendar. This year (2012) it is on 23rd October.
Mysoreans love gardening and every house will have at least a Tulasi and Money plant growing in a pot. To encourage this wonderful hobby, a flower show on a grand scale is held by the Horticulture department during Dasara at Curzon park adjacent to Mysore Palace. Corporates and public sector companies showcase their might in the art of gardening and win prizes. Thousands of people visit the flower show. This year the show will start from 8th October and various other competitions like Ikebana, Flower Rangoli and Bonsai are organized.
Mr. Dinakar has written a wonderful post on Mysore Dasara Flower Show in his blog. Here is the link for the same – http://mysoreanmusings.blogspot.com/2010/10/mysore-dasara-horticultural-show.html
This is in continuation of the post “Traditional Dolls Arrangement”. The custom of arranging dolls during Navaratri / Dasara is also followed in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. In these states it is known as Golu or Kolu or Bommai Koluvu. The dolls are arranged on 7, 9 or 11 steps.
A Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe and lights are lit and the dolls are worshipped on all the 9 days. An Aarathi is performed in the evening after all the people invited assemble in the hall accompanied by devotional songs. Delicious snacks are prepared and offered to the dolls and are distributed among the children and ladies.
I have taken these pictures in Janapada Loka near Ramanagara during Dasara. They have a very huge collection of dolls given away by people, who have discontinued the tradition of arranging dolls during Dasara.
Mysore is a heritage city and pride of Karnataka. It is a beautiful city rich with history, legends, monuments, educational centers, kings, palaces, museums, lakes, parks, culture, literature, arts and abundant natural resources. I am of the opinion that the blessed live in a city like Mysore, not high tech and fast, but real and classy. Mysore is situated at 2,200 sq feet above sea level and that is the reason why it enjoys a healthy climate.
The Wodeyars, who are the direct descendents of the Vijyanagar Empire of Hampi ruled the erstwhile Mysore state. After India gained independence from the British, Mysore state was merged with a number of neighboring states to form a single state named as Mysore and later was renamed to Karnataka. The last king was Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar and the scion of royal family Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wodeyar designer and politician still lives in the private quarters behind the Amba Vilas palace.