Mysuru Palace getting final touches for Dasara

Mysuru, October 13:- With only four days to go for Mysuru Dasara, the district administration is leaving no stone unturned in the run-up to the 10-day festival. The Mysuru Palace, which is the major attraction during this period, is also getting refurbished.

Though it has been decided that it is going to be a simple Dasara this time, the authorities want to ensure they don’t wean away from the tradition. The Dasara jumbos – Abhimanyu, Vikrama, Gopi, Cauvery and Vijay – have been stationed at the Mysuru Palace premises. The mock exercise for the Dasara parade is already on what with elephants and horses practising in tandem.

The Royal family is also getting prepared for the festival. Old bulbs are being replaced by new ones.

Mysuru Dasara, which has a history of more than 400 years, has carved a niche as a unique festival. Brightly lit roads and some important circles lend perfect blend to the celebrations. Thousands of visitors from India and abroad make their way to the heritage city during this time of the year to soak in the celebrations. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic has upset all the calculations.

Usually, the Mysuru Palace is brightly lit on Sundays and public holidays. People from near and far would come to the palace to have a glimpse of the heavenly atmosphere.

During Dasara, lighting will be on from 7 pm to 9 pm. Around one lakh bulbs are used to light up the Mysuru Palace. Cranes and drones are used to fix the bulbs wherever it is necessary. Due to heavy rains in the last week, many bulbs need to be replaced.

It was in 1942 when the last king of the Yadu dynasty, Jayachamarjendra Wodeyar was at the helm of affairs when the lighting arrangements at the Mysuru Palace began. (MR/KS)


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