The first batch of six elephants started their journey (Gajapayana) from Naganahalli outside the Nagarahaole Forest Range to take part in the glorious dasara festival beginning on October 1.
Keeping with the tradition, District incharge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa offered pooja to the elephants before they started their journey.
Gajapayana is only symbolic in the present times unlike in the past when the elephants would walk the entire distance from the forests to the palace. In recent years, the elephants walk a short stretch and then are carried in trucks and shifted to Mysore.
The Jenukurba tribals, traditionally known for their elephant-training skills, spare no effort to make the incident a grand affair.
On Vijayadashami Jamboo Savari, a chosen tusker will carry the golden howdah from Amba Vilas Palace to Bannimantap parade grounds – a distance of about 3.8 kilometres. The tusker will be accompanied by 14 other elephants from Dubare, Nagarahole, Chamarajanagar and other camps around the city of Mysore.
The first batch of six elephants which left for Mysore from Nagapura include the howdah-carrying elephant Arjuna, Balarama, Abhimanyu, Gajendra, Vijaya (40) and Cauvery (45), elephants from Anekadu camp. The sixth elephant in the first batch is Gajendra and he will be transported from K Gudi in B R Hills.
Previous year, Gajapayana was reduced to be a simple affair due to drought and farmers suicide in the state. But this year, jumbos will be accorded a grand welcome on August 26 at Mysuru palace.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait, Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, MLA M K Somashekar, MLA Hunsur H P Manjunath, Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru D Randeep, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare, DCF and Dasara Elephant in charge officer Ganapathy Bhat, Veterinarian Nagaraj and others were present.
Dasara logo, website launched
District In-charge Minister HC Mahadevappa launched the official website and logo of Dasara-2016 at the DC office on Saturday. Bengaluru-based artists Lokesh Ravudhi have designed the official logo of Dasara 2016.The logo has a blue background which marks the Dasara theme of water conservation Who is who of the heritage city were present on the occasion.
The website will be providing all relevant informations on the historical Mysuru Dasara in both Kannada and English languages to the tourists. Website also gives information on palace on wheels a one day package tour of all the palaces in and around Mysuru. It is said that the website will be updated on a regular basis to benefit the tourists coming from various parts of the country. It also furnishes information on programmes, time, venue and the route maps and guidelines of tourist places in and around Mysuru.
This year artistes who are interested to perform in various Dasara cultural events and stage can send their online by logging on to www.mysoredasara.gov.in and post their entries which will be processed by a committee and will shortlist entries. Earlier, artistes, who were passionate to perform at the Dasara cultural events, had to apply through various organisations and committees. Some of the artistes had to come from faraway places to submit their entries. To simplify the process, the administration has approved online registration from this year.