Mysore Dasara, the state festival (Nadahabba) of Karnataka, is celebrated for 10 days. Mysore Dasara 2012 starts on October 16 and ends on October 24. Dasara or Vijayadashami, the last day of Navaratri is a jubilant festival to mark the conclusion of Mysore Dasara festival. In 2012, it marks the 402nd year of celebrations. Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple is one of the Astadasha Shakti peetham (18 popular Shakti temples). Dasara celebrations in Mysore were started by the Vijayanagar Kings the 15th Century. The Wodeyar’s of Mysore continued the Dasara festival in 1610 at Srirangapatna.
The procession of elephants (Ambari), exhibitions of handicrafts and artifacts, air show, wrestling competitions, Jambu Savari, Food mela, etc are the most popular events and celebrations of Mysore Dasara. This festival culminates on Vijayadashami at Bannimantapa with Banni tree puja (botanical name of Banni Tree – Prosopis spicigera).