The district administration has begun preparations for ‘Gaja Payana’, the journey of elephants from various forest camps to Mysuru Palace in the run up to Dasara.
The annual festival is scheduled to begin on October 1.
Gajapayana, considered as the first step of Nada Habba Dasara, will be flagged off by District In-Charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa from Nagapura Girijana School premises at Veeranahosahalli in Hunsur taluk at 11:00 am on August 21.
In the first batch, a total of six elephants – Arjun who will carry the golden howdah, Balarama, Abhimanyu, Gajendra, Cauvery and Vijaya from Nagarahole National Park will arrive. However, which of the jumbos will be in the first batch is yet to be decided because the elephants will first be examined by veterinarians and then they will be finalised.
They will be formally welcomed at the Aranya Bhavan on the day. The jumbos will get a traditional welcome at the Jayamarthanda Gate of the palace. Until then, they will stay put on the premises of Aranya Bhavan.
Usually, the elephants are retained in city for 50 to 60 days with the Palace playing host and the district administration making arrangements during the training which includes making them accustomed to the hustle-bustle of the city. However, it is learnt that this year, their stay will be reduced to 45 days for the first batch and 25 to 30 days for the second batch.
CCTV Surveillance to guard elephants likely
In a bid to avoid any kind of inconvenience, Forest department is set to install CCTV cameras at elephant camp in the city. As elephants are the main attraction of Dasara, it is evident that visitors who come to the city visit jumbo camps and try to take photographs which might create havoc among the elephants. To avoid this, the department has decided to install camera at Aranya Bhavan and Palace premises. If everything goes as per the plans the jumbos will be guarded by CCTV cameras.
Dasara Logo release
With just 40 days left for the Dasara festivities to begin, the new logo for Dasara has been finalised and will be released this evening 5:00 pm at Deputy Commissioners Office.
The new logo will be released by H C Mahadevappa, district in-charge Minister. Meanwhile, the Dasara website will also be released on Saturday. Users can also subscribe for regular updates on Dasara through WhatsApp.
Over 160 people from across the State had sent in their designs for the new logo. The committee had shortlisted five designs few days ago and had finalised the logo on Friday. The district administration is engaged in giving final touches to the new approved logo with the advice of senior artists and others.