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Mysore Dasara Ahara Mela 2014 – Food Festival

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Mysore Dasara Lighting is must watch at least once in a life time.

The festival of Dasara brings in lot of entertainment in the city. Lot of cultural competitions, programmes and functions. Several platforms and opportunities are created for show casing talent.

Painting exhibition, flower show at Kuppanna park/ground, dasara exhibition, yuva dasara, ahara mela (food festival), cultural programs in the Amba Vilas Palace grounds, programmes at Kala Mandir; the list is huge. These go on for all 10 days. Off late, the city attracts celebrity/star performances too.

Most of the Dasara entertainments are all free entry. Few have ticket entry. Even if there are tickets, they are just minimal of about 10 to 30 Rs.

This post shows details of -

Dasara ‘Ahara Mela’.


janapriya ahara mela 2014 mysore

We happened to visit the mela during Dasara time. This is a one stop for all lip-smacking delicacies.

dasara ahara mela mysore 2014


The traditional and tribal tastes of all over Karnataka can be tasted here.

There are stalls arranged in series. Each stall has a variety of menu and different local cuisines. Stalls pertaining to different regional tastes of Kodagu (local name for Madikeri), Davangere, Dharwad Mysore, coastal regions and even Rajasthan chats can be found at this food festival.

food stall at dasara ahara mela



food stalls at ahara mela 2014 mysore



crowd at dasara ahara mela

To name a few of the must taste items are -

  • jola rotti – yenne gayi (jowar roti with brinjal curry)
  • mysore mallige idli – chutney & sambar
  • benne dose (dosa with fresh butter or ghee)
  • shenga holige (groundnut sweet chapathi)
  • menasu bajji (mirchi bajji)
  • bale + benne + gulkand bowl (combination of banana, butter & gulkand bowl)
  • masala churmuri (spicy recipes made from puffed rice)
  • traditional sweets like mysore pak, jamun, and many more

food at mysore ahara mela 2014

dasara ahara mela stall
chilli bajji stall decorated with chillies
dasara food stall decorated with chillies
dasara food stall decorated with chillies
Along with the food stalls, there is also a stage that is set up at the centre of the ground which is open for cultural and traditional performances from artists.



performances at ahara mela mysore

cultural performance ahara mela mysore

cultural performance stage ahara mela mysore

The crowd of people gather to watch the performance with great enthusiasm. The performances are really worth watching. There is no ticket at this particular event.

bharatnatyam performance ahara mela mysore 1

bharatnatyam performance ahara mela mysore 2

cultural performance ahara mela mysore 1

cultural performance ahara mela mysore 2


We visited the Ahara Mela ground as early as 7.00 PM since we wanted to avoid the actual crowd of this food festival. It would be maddening crowd at the grounds had we been a little late. We left before the actual crowd of people began pouring in.

Have you visited Mysore?

Leaving you all with this innocent face watching the Barathnatyam performance, yet waiting for buyers for her balloons.

selling balloons



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