Mysore, Oct 7 (GCCurrentAffairs) The cultural capital of the state and city of palaces is gearing up for the world famous Dasara procession (Jumbo Savari) on October 8 on Tuesday with caparisoned elephants in the lead that marks the culmination of the grand finale of the ten day festivities.
With stage is set at the heritage city of the state as countdown already began with the city gripped in the intended fever. Final touches are being given and efforts are being made by the district administration to ensure the event a memorable one.
Though a low-key affair this year, with severe floods in as many as 22 districts in the state in which more than 80 persons lost their lives and lakhs of people rendered home less and huge crop and property loss particularly in north Karnataka, the elephants have their task cut out, their role and protocol well-established, for which they have geared up.
The Festival of Dasara concludes the festival of Navaratri; the holy day also commemorates the triumph of good over evil. Forms of celebrations can take on a wide variety of manifestations, ranging from worshipping the goddess Chamundeswari to various cultural programmes.
The famous four km procession would be flagged by the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa after performing puja to the nandidwaja in front of the Mysore palace.
The last nine days saw the city awash with lights and a slew of cultural progammes were held, for economic fortunes also hinge to a large extent on the tourism sector. Dasara has emrged as a fulcrum and is a money spinner for the stakeholders.
Though the origins of the Dasara is rooted in mythology, Mysuru Dasra has historical association with the rulers of the Vijyanagara empire. For the wadiyars of mysuru inherited the cultural practices of the vijyanagara rulers and nada habba is a continuation of the grand tradition.
Later he would flag off the procession inside the palace premises. The government has decided to offer puja to the goddess Sri Chamundeswari idol which would be in the 750kg golden howdah being carried by the 59 year old Arjuna elephant at the end of the procession accompanied by as many as 39 tableaux, Cultural troupes, NCC cadets, personnel of KSRP, Railway Police, Home Guards will be taken in a grand procession from the Palace premises to Bannimantap on Mysore-Bangalore Road and the same is likely to be witnessed by lakhs of people from across the country and abroad.
Mysore District In-charge Minister V Somanna told UNI that the procession would begin with 21 run salute by the police personnel and march up to the bannimantap grounds. About 100 units in the procession which includes tableaux of government achievements. Represented by all the districts of the state, various contingents of police and folk troupes.
All the hotels and accommodation available places are fully booked for next three days. The KSRTC authorities have already made elaborate arrangements for the transpiration to the city from across the state. Even south western railway has already begun special train to clear the rush during the Dasara festivities.
After the procession the festivities would be concluded with torch light parade at bannimantapa in which Karnataka governorVajubhai Rudabhai Vala would receive the guard of honour. Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa and other minister’s also chief guests.
The authorities have made arrangements for live telecast of Dasara procession. Already a number of private television channels have come forward for live coverage of Dasara procession.
Security cover to the most-anticipated Dasara event, the Jamboo Savari or the Vijayadashami procession, is expected to reach a new high.
People in lakhs gather along the procession route, from Statue Circle to Bannimantap, to watch the Dasara finale, mainly the lead elephant carrying the 750-kg golden howdah and the 11 other caparisoned elephants.
Police Commissioner K T Balakrishna said more technology-oriented approaches had been proposed for the security during the 10-day festivities.
In a bid to ensure smooth conduct of Jumboo Savari , the city Police have planned to deploy a total of10000 Police personnel including 3,500 personnel of CAR, KSRP, Mounted Police, City Crime and Traffic police, Chamundi squad, RAF and CISF to curb incidents like pick pocketing, harassment of women and other crimes during the Jumboo Savari to be held in the city tomorrow.
Seating arrangements for more than 30000 people would be made available at the palace premises for the procession.
He said that the police have sought the help of their counterparts in the neighboring districts and neighboring states such as Kerala, tamilnadu, and Andhra Pradesh in identifying habitual chain offenders like snatchers, pickpockets, petty thieves and others.
He said that to keep tab on the ongoing, over 100 close circuit t v cameras already installed cross the city.
He said same kind of security arrangements has been made at the bannimantap, where the torch light parade, the culmination of the ten day dasara festivities would be held.
He said that the police team would keep round the clock vigial at the check posts, monitor the entry of all vehicles and note down their registration numbers. They would randomly check vehicles if they find suspicious persons traveling in them.
In addition to the entry points, security at popular tourist spots in and around the city has also been tightened and policemen in mufti have been deployed there to keep track of the movement of suspicious people
Meanwhile owners, of hotels and lodges have been issued instructions to be on alert and watch suspicious persons checking into their premises.
He also requested the railway station and bus stand authorities to install the CCTV facilities during the festival time to check round the clock on the visitors and passengers.
The hospitals have been alerted for the treatment if any incidents occurred during the procession in which lakhs of people are expected to participate this year. He added.