Prime News, National, Karnataka, Festival, Mysuru, October 27:- The world-famous Dasara victory procession of caparisoned elephants (Jamboo Savari) marking the triumph of good over evil was held at Amba Vilas Palace premises here on Monday (October 26) in a subdued manner due to the Covid-induced restrictions on large gatherings in public places.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa inaugurated the Jamboo Savari after offering special puja and flowers to the presiding deity Goddess Chamundeshwari and earlier offered special puja to Nandi Dwaja at the Balarama Gate of Mysuru Palace premises.
Titular king of the Mysuru royal family Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamarajendra Wadiyar, District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar, Mayor Tasneem Bano, Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri and Commissioner of Police Dr Chandragupta were present on the occasion.
“The 410th year of Dasara festival on Vijayadashami (10th day) marked the grand finale of the annual event, with the victory parade by caparisoned elephants at the Palace Grounds under Covid guidelines,” an official said.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa conducted the welcome ritual at the auspicious time (makara lagna) between 2.59-3.20 pm and made floral offerings to the wooden replica of Goddess Chamundeshwari astride the elephant ‘Abhimanyu’ on a 750 kg golden chariot during Kumbha lagna between 3.40-4.15 pm, as per the Hindu calendar.
The former ruling Wodeyar family, including titular head Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, queen mother Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, who adopted him as the scion, and Princess Trishika Kumari Wadiyar were among the 300 dignitaries present on the occasion.
In normal times, the procession is staged from the Mysuru Palace in the city centre to Bannimantap Grounds through a 5 km route for a Torchlight Parade at night as the culmination of the grand finale, watched by lakhs of people, including visitors and tourists from across the country and overseas.
As a legacy of the Wodeyar dynasty since 1610 when then ruler Raja Wodeyar began the 10-day festival, Dasara is celebrated every year by the state government as Nada Habba (state festival).
The 10-day fest began on October 17 at Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hill here. Earlier in the day, YKC Wadiyar concluded the Sharannavaratri celebrations by performing special pujas (rituals) at the Bhuvaneshwari Temple at the Palace and staged a victory march (Vijaya yatre) in the grounds. The police were on high alert to guard against any untoward incident. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)