Come October, and the city of Mysore gets ready to celebrate Navaratri and Dussera with great pomp, show and fervor. The Mysore palace is beautifully lit up for 9 days alongside enchanting cultural performances by some of the best artists witnessed by thousands of people. On Vijayadashami, the traditionl procession known as Jumbo Savari or the grand procession is held on the streets of the city. The main highlight of the festival is the idol of Goddess Chamundershwari seated on a heavily decorated elephant. Colourful tableaux, traditional and folk music, dance groups, decorated camels, horses, elephants etc., all joining in the procession to create an atmosphere filled with spirited enthusiasm and joy. The procession begins at the Mysore Palace grounds and culminates at a place called Bannimantap, where the holy Banni tree is worshipped. Get ready for the festive experience this season from 1 to 10 October at the Mysore Palace grounds.
11 September 2016, will witness the grand celebrations of the Puttu festival, a part of the Avani Moola festival of Sri Meenakshi Sundereshwar temple at Madurai. This year, the festival will be held off the Vaigai river at Puttuthoppu. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists are expected to be present at the venue to witness the enactment of temple priests as the idols of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwar are brought to the venue for celebrations.