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Dasara elephants ushered into Palace on royal note

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Mysuru: After a lull of two years due to Covid-19 pandemic that masked Dasara festivities, the first batch of nine Dasara elephants were ushered into Palace precincts on a royal note on Wednesday.

The caparisoned elephants led by howdah carrier Abhimanyu were welcomed in a traditional manner at Jayamarthanda Gate of the Palace during the auspicious Kanya lagna, with a battery of priests performing the rituals like- Padapuja, dwarapalaka puja, Chamara seve and Mangalarathi.

As the elephants ambled, standing in a row with their trunks raised above, the music from traditional Mysuru Police band and Nadaswara and native drums elevated the mood thus creating a festive atmosphere.

Besides, the police offered a guard of honour to the elephants, as a mark of respect.

Cooperation and district incharge minister S T Somashekar said “it is a grand welcome ceremony, as Dasara festival this year is planned to be celebrated with full of enthusiasm. We are leaving no stone unturned to make it a grand festival”.

Mayor Sunanda Phalanetra, MLAs S A Ramadass and L Nagendra, Deputy Commissioner Dr Bagadi Gautham, ZP CEO B R Poornima, Corporators B V Manjunath and Shivakumar and others were present.

The first batch of elephants are as follows- Abhimanyu, Arjuna, Bhima, Mahendra, Vikrama, Dhananjaya, Kaveri, Chaitra and Lakshmi.

They will be camping at the dedicated shelters on the Palace precincts. The mahouts and kavadis along with their family members will also be accommodated in temporary accommodation near the elephant shelters.

The second batch of elephants that are expected to arrive a month before the start of navaratri, include- Gopalaswamy, Gopi, Sriram, Vijaya and Parthasarathy.

As a prelude to Dasara, Gajapayana the traditional sojourn of first batch of Dasara elephants was organised at Veeranahosahalli gate of Nagarahole forest on Sunday.

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Mahouts and kavadis of Dasara elephants were given kits on their arrival at Mysuru Palace

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