State's premier fest, Dasara, begins today

State's premier fest, Dasara, begins today

Stage set for 400th year of ten-day Navaratri festivities in Mysore

State's premier fest, Dasara, begins today

all set: The ‘Utsava murthy’ of Goddess Chamundeshwari is being decked up atop Chamundi hill in Mysore on the eve of inauguration of Dasara festivities. DH Photo

This year marks the 400th year of Dasara festival. It was Raja Wadiyar who re-launched Dasara festival at Srirangapatna town in 1610. Since then, the festival is being celebrated with pomp and gaiety every year.  The city would come alive on all ten-days with a variety of cultural programmes lined up for the event.

Despite the prevailing political turmoil in the State, preparations are going on in full swing. Like previous Dasaras, road repair works are still on and it is expected to be completed on Friday or Saturday. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will be present along with ministers at the inaugural on Friday.

To commemorate the 400th year of Dasara festival, special gold and silver coins with the logo will be released on Saturday. They will be put on sale at various places. The KSRTC will run city buses to the Chamundi Hills from various points from 6 am to 8.30 am to enable people to participate in inaugural function, free of cost.

The entire district machinery is working day and night to make this year’s Dasara festival a memorable one. It has organised several cultural programmes by inviting artistes of national and international repute.

For the first time, a Qawali troupe from Pakistan will be performing at the palace premises. Besides, a team of artistes from Bostwana will be presenting their traditional dance.