*The festivities begin: Siddeshwara Swamiji of Sri Jnanayogashrama, Bijapur, will inaugurate Dasara festivities atop Chamundi Hill today. As is the tradition, prayers will be offered to Goddess Chamundeshwari at the temple, before obeisance is paid to the utsava murthy outside to mark the opening of Navaratri at 10.42 am.

*Pedal power: The Palace Board has plans to install five bicycles at the palace to produce pedal power. Visitors to the palace can pedal the bicycles, and generate electricity that will be added to the grid at the palace. Apart from this, the board is also planning to install tiles that produce similar energy. The tiles will be laid at select places in the palace, because the palace records footfalls on an average of 20 lakh to 22 lakh per year.

*Army treat: Artistes from the army band will present cultural programmes on October 21 in the presence of Indian Army Chief General Vikram Singh at the parade grounds in Bannimantap.

*Gold cards: The district administration this year too has issued gold cards, a single ticket to all Dasara events including jamboo savari. The price per card is Rs 7,500. A  total of 1,000 cards are available.

nClick online: Check out www.mysoredasara.gov.in for details of the festivities