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Every October tourists and locals from nearby areas flock to Mysore, the erstwhile princely capital city in Karnataka, to witness the pomp and pageantry of the ten-day Dussehra festival.

Dussehra marks the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by the goddess Chamundeshwari, or Durga.

The triumph of Chamundeshwari over Mahishasura was first celebrated as a public festival in 1610, when the Wodeyars, the princely rulers of Mysore, sponsored it.

Also Read: Eternal Festival

Photograph: Nethra Raju

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