Mysuru, September 30:- Mysuru Dasara celebrations begin with Gajapayana (Elephants’ journey). It is the ceremonial journey taken by the elephants to take part in the Dasara procession. This tradition started 400 years back and the elephants today have become an integral part of Dasara celebrations in Mysuru. The Dasara elephants are specially trained for the ‘Jamboo Savari’ which is held on the last day of the 10-day festival.
The pachyderms with their mahouts are traditionally decorated, offerings or puja are performed marking the launch of the Dasara festival and significance to have an auspicious start.
The procession begins with the tribal and folk dances by the local artistes and Tibetans settlers (residing in the locality). Puja is offered to all the pachyderms that would participate in the celebrations. Then, the jumbos would walk to Mysore Palace. En route, people would also give the elephants a lot of foodstuffs.
The Dasara elephants will begin their journey to Mysuru from Veeranahosahalli tomorrow morning (October 1). The Forest Department is geared up to welcome the jumbos. Aranya Bhavan at Ashokapuram here is being cleaned to accommodate the elephants. As such, entry of the public has been banned. At 10 am tomorrow morning, traditional puja will be performed. DCF Alexander said that that only officials are taking part in the ritual and public representatives will not be coming.
Abhimanyu and his team members will stay at Aranya Bhavan for a day and will be taken to Mysuru Palace later. Around 3 pm tomorrow (October 1), five jumbos that are part of Dasara are expected to arrive. (MR/KS)