Mysuru: The eight Dasara jumbos, which will be part of the nine-day festivities, are getting the royal treatment. The Forest Department is keeping an eye on the health of the Abhimanyu-led herd. Special food is being prepared regularly. Each elephant is getting around 5 kg of food everyday. Millets, vegetables, butter, and onion form part of their daily diet.
Around 120 kg of food is needed to feed the elephants. They are also fed coconut and jaggery besides fodder. They are getting trained for the Jamboo Savari to be held on October 15.
Preparations are in full swing at the Mysuru Palace for the Dasara. Twenty-year-old Lakshmi and Dhananjaya are the cynosures of all eyes. The two seem to have developed a liking for each other.
Abhimanyu and his bunch are getting trained twice a day. They also bathe two or three times daily considering the soaring temperatures in the city. (MR/KS).