Mysuru: A blend of the traditional and royal welcome with an armed salute was accorded to caparisoned first batch of elephants on their arrival to participate in the Dasara festivities commencing here from September 21.
Led by the majestic Arjuna, popularly known as the ‘Howdah Elephant,’ which is carrying third time, eight Dasara elephants made a grand entry to the iconic Mysuru palace.
The eight elephants included Arjuna, Balarama, Abhimanyu, Kaveri, Varalakshmi and Vijaya. Bhima and Gajendra were brought three days ago from their respective camps inside the forest.
They will be joined by seven other elephants at the Mysuru Palace, where they will stay till the culmination of Dasara on September 30.
“Renowned writer K.S. Nisar Ahmed will be inaugurating the Dasara festivities at Sri Chamundeswari temple atop of the Chamundi hills on September 21,” said PWD Minister Dr H.C. Mahadevappa, who is also the District in-charge Minister.
Accompanied by their mahouts and kavadis, the gentle giants arrived at the Palace in a procession from Aranya Bhavan where they had been staying after their arrival.