Chief Minister Siddaramaiah signalled the start of Vijayadashami procession on Tuesday by offering prayer and floral tribute to the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari in front of the North Gate of Mysuru Palace.
A sea of people from various parts of the country had gathered at the Palace to witness the glory of Mysuru Dasara. As many as 42 tableau’s exhibiting the heritage and culture of Karnataka were the attraction of the procession.
Marching from the Amba Vilasa, through the Balarama Gate to the Bannimantap Grounds with aplomb, the 12 elephants led by Arjuna carrying Goddess Chamundeshwari in the golden howdah covered the 5-km route in continuation of a tradition whose origins are rooted in history.
Heavy rains before the start of Jumboo Savari made people find difficult to take shelter, people were seen taking shelter under chairs. However, CM Siddaramaiah expressed that the rain ahead of the start of the Dasara procession was a good sign.
Tableaus from all the districts of the state and government departments have taken part in the Jumboo Savari. The tableaus and the cultural programmes have attracted the gathering amidst the heavy downpour. Prior to the Jumboo Savari, various rituals were performed at the palace. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar arrived at Bhuvaneshwari temple in a palanquin. He performed Shami pooja at the premises of the temple.
By the time of the commencement of procession of the tableaus, it started raining heavily. The tableaus, folk performers performed in the rain and enjoyed the performance. In the competition held between the tableaus, Hanumanthappa of Sri Shailamallikarjuna Sahasa Janapada Alemaari Kalavidara Sangha, Chilakamuti of Koppala district won first prize for Dhalapata, Kattivarase and mullinachakra. Maragaalu Siddaraju of Sri Maharshi Valmiki Nayaka Jananga Kshemabivruddhi Sangha, Thayuru of Nanjangud taluk, Mysuru district and Gaarudigombe and Keelukudure by H Rajshekhara and team, Kaggalahalli of Devanahalli taluk, Bengaluru rural district jointly won second prize. Gombe Kathakali dance by Basayya, Natya Loka Kala Thanda, Ramalingeshwaranagar, Gokula road, Hubballi – Dharwad district won third prize.
District In-charge minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, Sugar and cooperation minister H S Mahadevaprasad and Mayor B L Bhyrappa were present on the occasion. Yaduveer’s absence for the flagging off of Jumboo Savari procession gave way to the questions.