Mysuru, October 9:- Curtains came down on the 10-day long renowned Dasara celebrations in the Palace city of Mysuru on Tuesday, with a spectacular procession marking the grand finale.
Thousands of people witnessed the ‘Jamboo Savari, a march of a dozen caparisoned elephants led by ‘Arjuna’ carrying the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysuru royals, on a 750 kg golden howdah.
The procession comprised artistes and tableaux from various districts depicting its regional culture and heritage, covering a distance of 5 km before ending at Bannimantap. Tableaux from various government departments, depicting various government programmes and social message, were also part of the procession as people had lined up along the procession route, hours before it started.
After offering puja to Nandi Dhwaja, Yediyurappa greeted the people on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami.
Speaking to reporters, he said, an estimated 40 lakh people had visited Mysuru during the festivities spread over nine days.
The chief minister then flagged off the procession of caparisoned elephants by showering flowers on the idol at around 4:15 pm. He was accompanied by Mysuru royal family scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, Minister V Somanna, DCM Govinda Karajola, Tourism Minister C T Ravi, MLA L Nagendra, Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath and senior district administration officials.
The Dasara procession is held on “Vijaya Dashami” day, signifying the victory of good over evil.
At the Mysuru Palace, the royal scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, dressed in grand attire, took out the ‘Vijaya Yatra’ from Amba Vilas Palace till Bhuvaneshwari Devi Temple where he performed special puja to ‘Shami’ tree.’
Dasara was celebrated by the rulers of the Vijayanagar empire and the tradition was inherited by the Wadiyars.
Festivities were first started in Mysuru by the Wadiyar King, Raja Wadiyar I in 1610. However, with the abolition of the institution of the kings and the announcement of the privy purse, the state government took over the mantle of celebrating Dasara festival as ‘Nada Habba’ (state festival).
Several literary and cultural events, along with exhibitions, film shows, flower shows, food mela and sports activities were organised as part of the 10-day-long festivities. The royal Palace and the entire heritage of Mysuru was illuminated all through the festival. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)