All set for the 'D'asara day

On Vijaya Dashami Vajra Musti Kalaga would be held at Samara Thotti

Royal elegance: Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar performing the Saraswathi pooja on the eighth day of Navaratri at the Mysore Palace on Saturday. dh photo

According to sources, the arms are neatly arranged below the oil painting of Lord Rama performing pooja to Goddess Durgadevi, to which Wadiyar would perform pooja. This tradition has been in vogue for many centuries. Later, those arms are sent to Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple situated inside the palace premises where they are neatly arranged below the ‘Banni tree’.

On Sunday evening, Wadiyar would sit on the royal throne for sometime.  Later, he would perform pooja to Goddess Chamundeshwari temple inside the palace premises and removes ‘Kankana’ (the sacred thread), which he has been wearing from two days before start of ten-day Dasara festivities.

On Vijaya Dashami Day, the ‘Vajra Mushti Kalaga’ would take place at Samara Thotti. Two wrestlers armed with a piece of metal in their hand fight in the presence of Wadiyar. The bout is stopped soon after a drop of blood from the head of any one of the pehelwan falls on the wrestling arena. Later, both the wrestlers are given cash prize.
Subsequently, Wadiyar, in his traditional attire, would go to Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple in the silver chariot and offer prayers to the Goddess. After pooja, he would exchange banni greetings with his relatives. Later, he would return to his private palace.

Palace decked up
The Amba Vilas Palace is decked for the world-famous ‘Jamboo Savari’ marking culmination of ten-day Dasara festival. The entry of tourists to Palace is banned on Sunday because of rituals by the royal family members. Already, preparations are in place for the procession.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa would offer pooja to ‘Nandi Dhwaja’ on September 28 at 12:54 pm to mark the beginning of the procession. Later, he along with Governor Hans Raj Bharwadwaj and Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar would offer flowers to the decorated idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari placed inside the golden howdah placed on the back of Balarama-the ambari aane.
After the pooja, the ambari aane would wait for about one hour to allow the procession of the cultural troupes and tabuleaux to pass through. In the last, Balarama along with two other elephants would march majestically from the palace premises up to Bannimantap Grounds where the torch light parade would be held. The procession would take at least three to three and a half hours to reach the Bannimantap Grounds.

Pooja
On Saturday, Wadiyar performed pooja to Goddess Saraswathi in the palace premises in connection with the Saraswathi Pooja festival. Some of the articles such as palm leaves, veena and books were neatly decorated in front of the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari.

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