Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami in Mangalore

Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami in Mangalore are the most popular festivals of Mangalore. Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami festivals give a relief to the people of Mangalore from the drudgery of their regular life.

Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami in Mangalore are among the principle festivals of Mangalore that are celebrated with pomp and show throughout the length and breadth of Mangalore. These festivals of Mangalore call for a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.


Dussehra is one of the major festivals of Mangalore. Dussehra is a festival that marks the victory of good over evil. In fact, Dussehra commemorates the victory of Goddesses Chamundeswari, who is also known Durga, over Mahishasura.

Mahishasura was an evil demon, who considered himself to be invincible. Therefore, guided by his blind faith, he turned treacherous and wanted to become the Lord of the Heaven. As Mahishasura was blessed never to be killed by any man, none of the Gods could kill him. Therefore, the Gods asked Goddess Durga to slay to him with her trident.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Sri Krishna Janmashtami is another principle festival in Mangalore. Sri Krishna Janmashtami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami is marked by exuberance and enthusiasm. People in Mangalore, come together to celebrate the pious day. Lord Krishna is said to steal curd and butter from the earthen pots that were hung by beyond his reach. People in Mangalore suspend an earthen pot called 'matka' from a considerable height above the ground. Young men and boys make human pyramids and try to reach and break the suspended pot. In fact, the breaking of earthen pot calls for a lot of excitement.

Thus, it is evident that Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami at Mangalore are among the chief festivals celebrated within the territory.

Last Updated on 18 October 2012