Mysuru: Former chief minister S M Krishna on Thursday said ” Mysuru Dasara and Ambari ( Golden Howdah) have a history of eight centuries, inherited from Vijayanagar rulers.”
In his inaugural address at Dasara festival atop Chamundi Hill, Krishna recalled the history associated with Dasara.
” Raja Wadiyar started Dasara in Srirangapatna in 1610 AD. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say Wadiyars were the successors of Vijayanagar rulers in continuing Dasara. Even Ambari was inherited from Vijayanagar rulers. It had travelled from Devagiri in Maharashtra to Vijayanagar. The 750-kg Golden howdah is still used to carry the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari.”
Recalling his younger days, Krishna said “I have been watching Dasara since my school days. It has it’s own gaiety and pomp that was later lost in time as the years passed. I also remember visiting the Chamundi hill through stairs and paying my obeisance to the Goddess.”
Krishna also remembered those days when wrestlers were coming from Ranebennur to Mysuru during Dasara and it was indeed a delight to watch them.
Krishna also took the names of Dewans of erstwhile Mysuru like Sir M Visvesvaraya and Sir Mirza Ismail who had did their mite in this regard.
However, the credit of giving a new look to Dasara goes to Dewans starting from Rangacharlu to Puttanna Chettiar, said Krishna.
Krishna also paid his humble tributes to Wadiyars of Mysuru, who immensely contributed to the development of the region.
” We rose against the Princely rule, but one cannot ignore the contributions of Wadiyars. It will remain etched in the history for long,” said Krishna.
– Team Mysoorunews