Six Dasara elephants made a grand entry to the iconic Mysuru Palace on Friday.
The Dasara jumbos, led by Arjuna, the elephant which will carry the howdah during the Dasara procession, were grandly welcomed through the Jayamarthanda Gate on the eastern side of the palace amid chanting of Vedic hymns, playing of nadaswaram, folk dance like Veeragase and Dollu Kunitha and a performance by the police band. Priests at Chamundeshwari temple Sheshishekar Dixit and S V Prahallada Rao presided over the pujas that were conducted between 4:40 pm and 5:30 pm in Makara Lagna, on Friday.
The elephants which left Aranya Bhavan passed through Ashokapuram, Ballal Circle, Ramaswamy Circle, Chamaraja Double Road before reaching Jayamarthanda gate.
When the temple priests performed the “arathi”, the district officials, led by minister for Sugar and cooperation H S Mahadevaprasad, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana showered flowers on the elephants. Arjuna, Balarama, Abhimanyu, Gajendra, Kaveri, and Vijaya were offered sugarcane and jaggery as part of the ceremonial welcome, heralding the Dasara festivities.
Speaking to reporters after he welcoming the Dasara elephants, Mahadeva Prasad said that jumbos will stay in the palace premises for 45 days. Another batch of elephants will arrive after a few days. The district administration has made all the arrangement for their stay here.
Deputy Commissioner D Randeep said: “We have held several round of discussions in view of the Dasara celebrations and we are expecting more funds from the government.”
MLA’s Vasu, M K Somashekar, Additional Deputy Commissioner Venkatesh, DCFs Ganesh Bhat, Dr V Karikalan, RFO Devaraj, Assistant Commissioner C L Anand, Veterinarian Dr D N Nagaraj and others were present.