Heres wishing all my friends and fellow bloggers ‘A Happy Dasara’.
I ‘ve always been hearing about Mysore whenever Dasara is round the corner. Since 5 years (that I’m in Karnataka), I’ve been trying to make it for Dasara, but my husband Ravi was never game as he says it’s too crowded and he hates crowded places. This year since we had 2 long weekends for navratri we decided we could make it without any hassle. We visited Mysore last weekend when Navratri celebrations had just about started.
Ravi and I have a special liking for this place Mysore and we would love to settle there after our retirement. The place was beautifully decked for the festival with lovely floral gateways everywhere. There were stages placed everywhere in the city for various cultural activities. The highlights were the food mela, flower and vegetable show, doll house and ofcourse the magnificent Palace lighting.
The palace lighting was the highlight and despite some showers, the people’s spirit couldn’t be dampened. I think it’s worth a trip to Mysore Palace during Dasara. The present day heir, Srikantdutta Wodeyar actually sits on the throne symbolic to earlier times. The palace is beautifully decorated with flowers and it’s only during dasara celebrations that the palace is lit with innumerable lights. It’s an experience to witness and cannot be explained… the whole crowd keeps waiting for the illumination and in a split second all the lights turn on and you say nothing but ‘wow’..it’s an enduring image..
Navratri for us South Indians is also a festival of dolls. Many people showcase a series of colourful dolls. The dolls are arranged on steps with some theme, the main dolls being a couple i.e. husband -wife refered to as ‘Patada Bombe’..the various themes for doll house could be dasha avtar, ashta laxmi, village scenes, school scenes, marriage scenes..For the first time, I also displayed my doll collection which I had collected on my trips to mysore and channa patna.
A visit to Mysore for Dasara has been a wonderful experience and it’s a photographer’s delight.