Mysore ready for 402nd jamboo savari

 The city is all set to host the annual jamboo savari, the last leg of the nine-day Dasara festival, on Wednesday. This time, Arjuna replaces Balarama as the howdah elephant.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will offer puja to ‘nandi dhwaja’ during ‘dhanur lagna’ between 1.46 pm and 2.14 pm at Balarama gate of the Mysore Palace as a prelude to the jamboo savari procession.

He is expected to be accompanied by Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, and the scion of the royal family, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.
A rehearsal was conducted on the palace grounds on Saturday, under the supervision of Police Commissioner K L Sudheer, also the chairperson of procession sub-committee.

Elaborate plans

A total of 37 tableaux, 30 from as many districts and seven from the different government departments, will be part of the procession.

Seating arrangements have been made in the precincts of the palace with separate facilities created for senior citizens. Police have prepared an elaborate bandobust with 4,500 personnel on security duty.

The four-km-long procession route, up to Bannimantap, wears a new look with the asphalted road and the painted kerb stones of the barricaded footpaths on either side.
The torchlight parade, the evening attraction after the jamboo savari, will be held at the Bannimantap grounds.

Governor H R Bhardwaj will receive the guard of honour at 7 pm, as per tradition. The chief minister and his deputies will be the chief guests.

The parade, a mix of acrobatics and cultural extravaganza, is a much-awaited event.
The laser show that was included in recent years has a special event in the form of a ‘laser angel’. Dancers Sridhar Jain and Kripa Phadke will perform with their troupe, spreading the message of unity in diversity.

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