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Mysuru decks up to host world famous 10-day Dussehra festival

The City of Palaces has been decked up to host its world famous 10-day ‘Mysuru Dussehra’ festival starting Thursday with pomp and pageantry and an increase in the number of tourists is expected this year, officials said.

“This year’s festival is expecting at least 30 % increase in the footfall. We are making all the necessary arrangements to make this year’s fest much bigger than the last year,” Additional Deputy Commissioner T. Yogesh said. 

Mysuru, located about 150 km from Karnataka capital Bengaluru, attracts visitors from across the world during Dussehra, which has been celebrated over centuries to mark the triumph of good over evil. The fest includes a multitude of cultural celebrations and the iconic Mysuru Palace built in 1912 is lit up with thousands of light bulbs during the evening. This spectacle draws around 10 lakh visitors from the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra among others.

As per officials, at least 10,000 tourists from across the world also gather in the city to witness the festival celebrations. Security in the city has been beefed up with the inflow of lakhs of visitors.

“Around 5,000 police personnel have been deployed in the city for the coming 10 days,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) N. Vishnuvardhan said.

The celebrations will be flagged off by noted poet K.S. Nissar Ahmed along with other state officials on Thursday atop Chamundi Hills, located 13 km from Mysuru.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the Dussehra flower show, one of the major attractions of the fest. The flower show is expected to have over 3.5 lakh visitors, according to officials. Cultural events, also to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in the evening, will include several dance performances by the likes of Padma Shri Shobana, folk performances, Hindustani and Carnatic music concerts, farmer Dussehra exhibition, food melas, film festival, that would be held across various venues in the city.

Visitors can also take a helicopter ride for a panoramic view of the illuminated city. A procession by caparisoned elephants around the lanes of the royal palace is also one of the much-awaited sights during the fest each year.


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