Mysore Dasara is the state festival of Karnataka and is organized every year in Mysore. Mysore is well known for the festivities that take place during the period of Dasara. Numerous cultural events and functions are organized during ten days of Dasara festivities.
On the ninth day of Dasara, which is popularly known as Mahanavami, the royal sword is worshipped and is taken on a procession of decorated elephants, camels and horses. The ritual is similar to Ayudha Puja which is held on Navami Tithi during Navratri.
On the tenth day, known as Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession is held on the streets of Mysore. An image of the Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a golden howdah on the back of a decorated elephant and taken on a procession, accompanied by tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels. The five kilometers long procession starts from Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantapa, where the Banni tree is worshipped. The grand and famous elephant parade is locally known as Jumbo Savari.
The Dasara festivities culminate on the night of Vijayadashami with a torchlight parade, locally known as Panjina Kavayatthu.