Karnataka to have “Simple, Traditional” Mysuru Dasara amid pandemic concerns

In the view of the pandemic, the Karnataka government on Friday decided to organise the Mysuru Dasara festival this year in a “simple and traditional” manner. “Mysuru Dasara is also the Nada Habba (state festival). Last year we celebrated it in a traditional and simple manner due to COVID. This time too we will celebrate it likewise,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said

He was speaking to reporters after chairing a high-level committee meeting on Mysuru Dasara. Mr Bommai said that all the rituals connected with the celebrations such as inauguration of the festivities atop Chamundi Hills, Jamboo Savari (procession of caparisoned elephants) and lighting of the entire city for 10-days will be conducted. “We have decided to release ₹ six crore to celebrate Dasara festival at Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Sriragapatna,” he said. The Chief Minister said festivities and cultural events will be restricted to the Amba Vilas Palace and the Chamundeshwari Temple. The renowned Jamboo Savari will also take place inside the Mysuru Palace premises like the last year and will take place on October 15 at 2.45 pm. The high-level committee authorised the Chief Minister to select the eminent personality to inaugurate the 10-day cultural and religious festival. The 10-day long festivities will be flagged off on October 7 at the Chamundi Hills. Last year, the government had chosen five corona warriors to inaugurate the festival.