Mysuru palace illumination suspended


The illumination of Mysuru palace, which was the centre of attraction during the recently concluded Dasara festival, has been suspended again.

The illumination of the palace in the evening every Sunday and on public holidays had been suspended along with its closure to tourists soon after the Centre declared a lockdown due to COVID-19 during March this year. 


Dasara festival

  • Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra, Dasara or Dashain, is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year. 
  • It is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, the seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October. 
  • Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. 
  • In the southern, eastern, north-eastern, and some northern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to restore and protect dharma. 
  • In the northern, central and western states, the festival is synonymously called Dussehra (also spelled Dasara, Dashahara). In these regions, it marks the end of Ramlila and remembers god Rama’s victory over the Ravan. On the very same occasion, Arjuna alone decimated more than 1,000,000 soldiers and defeated all Kuru warriors including Bhishma, Drona, Ashwatthama, Karna and Kripa, a significant example of victory of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma). 
  • Alternatively, it marks a reverence for one of the aspects of goddess Devi, such as Durga or Saraswati. 
  • Vijayadashami celebrations include processions to a river or ocean front that involve carrying clay statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya, accompanied by music and chants, after which the images are immersed in the water for dissolution and farewell. 
  • Elsewhere, on Dasara, towering effigies of Ravan, symbolising evil, are burnt with fireworks, marking evil's destruction. The festival also starts the preparations for Diwali, the important festival of lights, which is celebrated twenty days after Vijayadashami.


Mysuru palace

  • The Mysore Palace is a historical palace and the royal residence at Mysore in the Indian State of Karnataka. 
  • It is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore.
  • The palace is in the centre of Mysore, and faces the Chamudi Hills eastward. Mysore is commonly described as the 'City of Palaces', and there are seven palaces including this one; however, 'Mysore Palace' refers specifically to this one within the Old fort.
  • The land on which the palace now stands was originally known as puragiri (literally, citadel), and is now known as the Old Fort. 
  • Yaduraya built the first palace inside the Old Fort in the 14th century, which was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current structure was constructed between 1897 and 1912, after the Old Palace was burnt ablaze.
  • Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the 
    Taj Mahal, with more than 6 million annual visitors. 
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