Govt does U-turn; Jamboo Savari on October 23

Govt does U-turn; Jamboo Savari on October 23

 Jamboo Savari, the finale of Dasara festivities, will be held on October 23 — as decided earlier —  as the State government backtracked on its decision to advance the event to October 22 following opposition from the erstwhile royal family.

This means that the festivities will last for 11 days this year, from October 13 to October 23.

The government had, on Saturday, decided to reschedule the event– to advance the inauguration from October 14 to 13 and the Jamboo Savari from October 23 to 22, as Vijayadashami gets over by 5 am on October 23.

However, the move evoked opposition from the erstwhile royal family and the public. Pramodadevi Wadiyar, the wife of the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar on Sunday insisted that the Jamboo Savari be held on October 23 and not on October 22.

She made her views clear at a meeting with District In-charge Minister Srinivas Prasad at the family’s private residence on the palace premises on Sunday.

Priests and astrologers of the family took part in the meeting, which lasted for over two hours.

Prasad later said that those advising the erstwhile royal family on such matters were the same as those advising the government.

At the meeting, it was conveyed to Prasad that various rituals are held by the erstwhile royal family on the palace premises on the day of the Ayudha Puja (October 22) till 6 pm. Organising Jamboo Savari on that day would cause inconvenience to them.

He said the government does not want to enter into a confrontation with the Wadiyar family. So, it was decided to hold Ayudha Puja on October 22 and Vijayadashami on October 23.

There will no programme from the side of the government on October 22.
The minister also formally invited Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, scion of the erstwhile royal family, for the festivities by adorning him with a Mysore peta and a shawl at Pramodadevi’s presence. An honorarium of Rs 30 lakh was handed over to him as per custom, towards the golden howdah provided by the family for Jamboo Savari.

Pramodadevi has expressed happiness over the government’s decision. She said the government had understood the inconvenience that may be caused to the royal family and had responded positively. It is a mutually acceptable decision, she added.

In a first for the scion of the royal family, Yaduveer will take part in the inauguration of the festivities atop the Chamundi Hill on October 13.

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