Early in the fifteenth century, when the kings in the Vijayanagar used to rule, started the festivities of Dasara. In the state of Karnataka, Dussehra is also known as Dasara and is considered as a very auspicious festival. The festivity of Dasara, according to the official website of Mysuru Dasara, was started by the King Wadiyar I in the year 1610.

During this ten-day festival, the Mysuru Palace gets enlightened with 100,000 bulbs every day from 7 pm to 10 pm. The sight of the palace is magnificent.

Till now, Dasara in the state of Karnataka is carried out by encompassing all the traditions. Outside the Mysuru Palace, Dasara exhibitions are held. The exhibition inhabits several numbers of stalls that sell a variety of items such as cosmetics, handicrafts, clothes, plastic items, and eatables. Other than that amusement rides and outdoor games are also a part of the exhibition. The sole responsibility of holding the exhibition is entrusted to the Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) which does a wonderful work every year and also tries to add on some new thing each year. One of the main events that attracts thousands of people around the world is the Kusti Sparda which involves wrestlers from different states of India.

Other highlights of the festival are the Jumbo Savari. It is a type of procession where the elephants are royally decorated and they have a parade in which one of the huge elephants carries the Goddess Chamundeshwari idol and people take blessings. Along with the elephants parading there are several music bands, dance groups, armed forces, folklores, and royal people that join in the procession. This procession starts from the Mysore Palace and ends at the Bannimantap. The procession is actually a torch-light parade which is known as Panjina Kavayithu. It is held on the last day of the Mysore Dasara.