Mysore is decked up for the grand finale of the 11-day Dasara celebrations when the famous Vijayadashami procession of caparisoned elephants, folk troupes and tableaux showcasing Mysore’s royal history and Karnataka’s unique culture will be taken out on the traditional route.
With just a few days left for the big day, a full pledged rehearsal for this year’s Dasara was held on Sunday morning. Howdah elephant Arjuna is once again carrying a wooden howdah stacked with 750 kg of sand bags, to stimulate the weight of the golden howdah, over the full distance of the Jamboo Savari route.
The howdah used to carry the Maharaja of Mysuru during the Vijayadashami processions till 1969. In 1970, the idol of the goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysuru, replaced the Maharaja.
The administration has spruced up the route of the procession and erected barricades and shelters, besides making seating arrangements at vantage points for tourists to witness the glorious occasion.
Twenty-two tableaux and a number of folk performers and drummers will vie for attention along the four-km route, starting from Mysuru Palace to Bannimantap, where a torchlight parade is held in the evening.
The session started with traditional pooja to the wooden howdah on Sunday morning. This occasion gained momentum as the Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar watched the whole proceedings. After the pooja, the elephants gave a royal salute to the Maharaja lifting their trunks and continued the procession.
Procession rehearsals get ‘Stuck’
The rehearsal of the Jumbo procession had its tense moments when the wooden ‘Ambaari’ on Arjuna’s back got stuck to an electric wire near RMC road. After a few panic moments the organisers were successful in averting a major disaster.