Stage set for ‘Jamboo Savari’ on Monday

'Abhimanyu' and his team complete final rehearsal with ease at Mysuru Palace premises

Mysuru, October 24:- The countdown for the world-famous ‘Jamboo Savari’ has already begun. The spectacle is slated for Monday (October 26) which will be celebrated as Vijayadashami. The Dasara jumbos, led by captain ‘Abhimanyu,’ have been rehearsing for the final hurrah. Saturday, being the last day of the practice, drew maximum attention as all the elephants and horses went through the process without much ado.

Dasara elephants led by Abhimanyu and a limited number of participants, including the Mounted Police, were present. The rehearsal was restricted till the Balarama Gate of the Palace.

Abhimanyu, along with Kaveri and Vijaya, were taken near the elevated rostrum in front of the Palace where the police officers standing on the elevated platform showered petals on the elephants to rehearse for the low-key procession.

Abhimanyu will be carrying the 750-kg golden ‘howdah’ for the first time on the day of Dasara finale on October 26. Abhimanyu is training with sandbags on his back.

Sources said that a couple of cultural troupes and one or two tableaux are expected to be part of the procession but there is no official confirmation.

Entry to the Palace for Jamboo Savari will be restricted to less than 300 on the advice of the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee from Bengaluru. Accordingly, the arrangements would be limited with the seating only for the shortlisted participants.

Meanwhile, senior forest veterinarian D N Nagaraj said that all five elephants were in good health and completed scheduled rehearsals for the big day.

A veteran of many Dasara, Abhimanyu looked all at ease when he went through the rehearsal. The task is not new to him as he was a stand-by to ‘Arjuna’ on earlier occasions. Abhimanyu is known to perform its job with finesse. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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