dasara elephant - Colours of Mysore Dasara

Dasara Elephant

The Mysore Dasara procession takes place on the 10th day of the Navratri festivities, popularly called as Vijayadashami.
The procession is as much a treat to the ear as it is to the eye. The dance troupes, the tableaux, music bands and the grandeur of the decorated Elephants are somethings to be experienced by viewing the procession from close quarters, which I had had never done till then. This year I managed to get a seating inside the Palace grounds. When the procession passed within 10 to 20 feet of my seat I have to say that I was thrilled to see the enthusiasm of the performing individuals which makes this event this grand.

As I mentioned earlier, viewing the procession is a complete experience and photos alone doesn’t justify the scale or grandness of the extravaganza – keeping this in mind I present some of the most colourful and memorable moments from the procession. And from my limited knowledge I have tried identifying the various performing groups. Feel free to correct and add comments.

Tiger Dance

tiger dance- Colours of Mysore Dasara

The two big walking dolls are symbolic of the Dasara procession and I have not seen a procession without them!

dasara dolls - Colours of Mysore Dasara -

A Tibetan flute troupe holding the sign board – “Thank you India, 50 yrs Tibetans in Exile”. Btw, Karnataka has the second highest Tibetan population in India, only next to Himachal Pradesh!

tibetan flute troupe - Colours of Mysore Dasara

Human wheel in motion!

human wheel - Colours of Mysore Dasara

B.G.S. Veeragase Nrityatand – Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasansthan Mutt, Mandya

veeragase troupe - Colours of Mysore Dasara

Just imagine the effort required to drum along like this for another 5 kms!!

dasara drummers - Colours of Mysore Dasara

The Black (and jolly) Men

jolly black men - Colours of Mysore Dasara

Lambadi Women

lambadi women - Colours of Mysore Dasara
Every section of society participates in the procession, that’s the beauty of it.

… and finally the 46 yr old Elephant Balarama carrying for the fourth consecutive year the statue of Goddess Chamundeshwari in the golden howdah, weighing all of 800 kg!

balarama elephant carrying the golden howdah - Colours of Mysore Dasara

Here, we can see that Balarama is flanked by two female Elephants, Sarala and Mary.

With the passing of Balarama carrying the sacred statue of Goddess Chamundi, the procession ends. I waited for the exodus of people to pass, meanwhile noticed a curious thing – few people were smearing their feet with Elephant dung lying around, reporting this to my mom revealed that this is supposed to be auspicious. No wonder!

Date: 28th September 2009
Place: Mysore Palace Grounds

Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.


Anonymous · 29 Dec ’09 at 2:04 am

>Awesome pics! Loved the collection


Shalini Surendran · 29 Dec ’09 at 4:47 am

>Absolutely stunning…!!!
Loved the feel of the pictures, the frames and color combos!

Loved it! 🙂


S M Rana · 29 Dec ’09 at 4:53 am


anoop · 29 Dec ’09 at 5:57 am

>Aditi and Rana: thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Shalini: the real thing is in no way close to the pics, its much much better! 🙂

Shiju Sugunan · 29 Dec ’09 at 6:57 am

>wow! the events are captured so well.
Thanks for sharing.

Sarah · 29 Dec ’09 at 7:25 am

>Amazing pics!!! Love the colours!!! Felt like I had actually been there and seen it 🙂

Rohini Kamath · 30 Dec ’09 at 8:49 am

>gorgeous pics!
I esp liked the one of the ladies dancing. Such a glorious combo of colours.

wandering soul · 31 Dec ’09 at 4:18 am

>Beautiful Colors! totally brings out the festive mood. The ladies dancing pic and the one with Shiva dancing in orange and green are the best!

P.S – I made it to Dudhsagar this December. It was not nearly as full as when you went.. but it was good nevertheless.. 🙂

anoop · 31 Dec ’09 at 6:13 am

>shiju: thanks.

sarah and rohini: thanks. you can come over to mysore for viewing the procession next year, then you will appreciate the awesomeness of the real thing. and yes, I will be your gracious host 🙂

wandering soul: thanks. I read your blog posts, totally awesome! I just love combining cycling with travel.

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