Sunday, October 17, 2010

The dazzle of Mysore Dusshera

Over two million people witnessed the famous 4 kilometer long Jumbo Savari which marked the end of the 10 day grand celebration of the Dusshera which was held in Mysore. The 400th edition of the Elephant ride drew large crowds and the elephant which carried the Golden Howdah drew cheers from the crows as it does every year. Balram, the tusker walked away as the star of the event as he was the chosen one to carry the 4900 kg Golden Howdah this year.

Giving him company were 12 other elephants, camels, horses and the police contingent apart from various other tableux which depicted the various faces of Karnataka. The procession marks good over evil and also ends the grand celebrations.
The event began with Chief Minister of Karantaka, B S Yeddyurappa offering prayers to Goddess Chamundeshari. The idol of the Goddess is placed in the Golden Howdah which is later carried across the city during the jumbo savari.

Over two million people from accross the world thronged Mysore city which celebrated 400 years of the festival this year. The festival which was initially conducted by the Wadiyars, the Maharajas of Mysore is now a state sponsored event. However the Wadiyars have a private event in the Palace every year. The Maharaja holds a Royal Darbar at his palace and receives tributes from the members of his family.
This year there were around 50 tabluex from various districts. A lot of cultural events too were conducted as part of the event.

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