Mysore celebrates Dussehra with Pomp and Show

Mysore: Mysore Dussehra festivities have always been known for their grandeur.

The famous ten-day Dussehra celebrations in the Indian city of Mysore came to an end yesterday with an extraordinary jamboo savari (elephant procession) that was watched by tens of thousands of people.

Dussehra, which is celebrated as naada habba or state festival, showcased Karnataka’s magnificent cultural heritage with various folk art forms.

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda offered pooja to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of this city, in golden howdah atop elephant Balarama, in front of the Mysore Palace. This was followed by the five-km procession.

A dozen beautifully decorated elephants took part in the procession, which included more than 70 troupes of folk dancers, cultural artists, musicians, and 34 tableaux.

The tableaux offered a glimpse of the art and culture of each district of Karnataka while the folk troupes with the rhythmic beat of the drums added enthusiasm and excitement to the procession.