Dasara illumination: 15,000 bulbs to be replaced at Mysuru Palace

Mysuru, September 10:- Nada Habba ‘Mysuru Dasara 2019’ is nearing. The district administration is making preparations for the festival. Preparations are in full swing at the Mysuru Palace as well. 15,000 electric bulbs will be replaced at the Palace. The illuminated Palace has been attracting lakhs of tourists from across the world.

The government has decided to observe the festival in a unique way. Elephants have already arrived in the city and are camping at the Palace premises. The Mysuru royal family is also engaged in preparations for the auspicious pujas.

Mysuru Palace is globally known for its architecture. The golden glow of the Palace when illuminated attracts the visitors. During Dasara, lakhs of tourists are expected to visit Mysuru and the Palace will be illuminated from 7 pm to 9 pm.

One lakh bulbs have been installed at the Palace and its premises. Every year, non-working bulbs are replaced. Bulbs atop the Palace will be replaced by using cranes and drones.

Thousands of bulbs were damaged by the recent incessant rains in the city. It takes around 10-15 days to replace the bulbs. An electrician of the Palace informed that cranes will be used to replace the bulbs at 80 feet height including the Marthanda gate.

Deputy director of Mysore Palace Board TS Sathyanarayana said that the bulb replacement work will begin from this week.

Bulbs were installed on the walls of the Palace during the regime of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1942. Now the walls have 15 watt bulbs which use about 88,000 units of electricity every month. (KS, NGB)

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