Before you raise your eyebrows and look at the screen with a startled expression on your face, let me tell you this Dusshera ATR 72 (low budget flight) between Bengaluru and Mysore, will be flying soon, starting from 10th October for 10 days.
But before we discuss about this, let me give you a glimpse of the traditional Mysore Dusshera.
Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, Dusshera is one of the most auspicious festivals in India, which is celebrated with great pomp and show in Karnataka. Unlike many other states in India, Dusshera is celebrated for 10 long days in Karnataka, in a grand fashion.
According to the legend, Goddess Chamundeshwari killed Demon Mahishasura. The day, goddess killed the demon, came to be known as ‘Vijaydashmi’, which is actually the last day of the Dusshera Festival.
The festival was an annual event in Mysore since 15th century and was initially celebrated by the Kings of the prestigious Vijayanagar Kingdom. The Wodeyar rulers of Mysore continued the tradition and in a few years, it became a royal festival.
MYSORE DUSSHERA CELEBRATION
In the 21st century, the processions of Dusshera celebration are carried out in the traditional way. The ‘Jamboo Savari’, includes the parade of wonderfully decorated elephants, one of which carries Goddess Chamundeshwari idol. These elephants are accompanied by dance groups, music bands, folklores, armed forces and royal identities.
They begin their light motorcade, generally known as Panjina Kavayithu, from the Mysore Palace and end it at Bannimantap. Other major feature of the celebration is the Dusshera display at the grounds. The show gets flooded by stalls that offer garments, makeup, eatables, handicrafts and plastic items. Outside recreations and entertainment rides also become a part of the exhibition.
THE MYSORE DUSSHERA FLIGHT – THE BIG HIT
This year, a 7-seater Cessna makes way for a 72-seater ATR 72 between Bengaluru and Mysuru and even this fills up quickly.
The State Department of Tourism and its agency, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), in the last two years, operated a 7-seater Cessna between Bengaluru and Mysuru, during the Mysuru Dasara festival season. And the small plane was undoubtedly a success. So, this year, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation got an Alliance Air, which is a low-cost subsidiary of Air India, so as to put a ATR 72 into service. According to sources, 72-seater will be operating between two cities for 10 days, during the festival season, that is from 10th October to 20th October.
The road journey between Bengaluru and Mysuru can take up to several hours during the weekend and not everyone would be well-connected to KIA. On the contrary, the flight will take 50 minutes and the ticket prices will cost around Rs 999 and Rs 2,100. The flights will leave Bengaluru at 2.10 pm and will arrive at 3 pm in Mysuru. The return flight will be at 3.30 pm and will reach Bengaluru at 4.20 pm for all 10 days except Tuesdays.
So, if you haven’t booked your flight yet for the grand Dusshera at Mysore, book it today.