Six Dasara elephants to be accorded traditional welcome

Six of the 12 Dasara elephants, from the Veeranahosahalli camp in the Nagarahole forest range, will be accorded a traditional welcome at the Mysore Palace this evening.

The jumbos, Arjuna, Balarama, Abhimanyu, Gajendra, Kaveri and Vijaya, which arrived from their respective forest camps on Aug. 21, were housed at the forest land in Aloka premises at Yewal and they were shifted in lorries to the Aranya Bhavan in Ashokapuram.

On their arrival, the jumbos were offered puja by the Forest Department officials. The elephants will walk to Jaganmohana Palace for traditional welcome.

The district administration led by the district in-charge Minister, Dr H C Mahadevappa and the Mayor, B L Bhyrappa, will shower flowers on the elephants. The temple priest will performed “arathi” formally at the palace premises at 4.30 pm today.

In the olden days, it was a tradition for the Maharajas of Mysuru to go to the elephants’ camp and lead them to the palace premises. In the past few years, this tradition has beengiven up and the elephants have been transported in lorries.

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