The Dasara events which began in 1610 were cancelled just after, in 1953, because of violent caste clashes.
MYSURU/BENGALURU: For the third time in its over 400-year history, Mysuru Dasara will probably be a no-frills party with Jamboo Savari – the centrepiece of this country festival which entails a 5.5-km procession of caparisoned elephants carrying idols of deities through Mysuru’s major streets on the last day – restricted to Mysuru Palace property.
The Dasara events which began in 1610 were cancelled just after, in 1953, because of violent caste clashes. Together with Covid-19 casting its shadow on the 10-day event beginning in the next week of October, the Karnataka authorities on Tuesday declared the festivities would be limited to Chamundi Hills and Mysuru Palace, without even permitting massive parties.
Jamboo Savari moves through primary thoroughfares of Mysuru town which attracts large audiences on Vijayadashami, the final day of this festival.
Dasara to get just 5 jumbos this season
In 1994, the procession was held inside the palace assumptions due to a plague epidemic in Gujarat. In 2002, the party was low key as Karnataka was facing acute drought combined with all the Cauvery crisis resulting in law-and-order issues in Mysuru and Mandya districts.
In 1953, the general celebration of this festival has been cancelled because of clashes involving upper-caste and Dalit wrestlers away from the palace. Four men were shot dead by authorities. On October 3, 1953, 13 persons with bullet injuries have been rushed into hospital. The festivities have been cancelled on the day.
“We have only five elephants to the procession this season,” said chief minister BS Yediyurappa following a meeting of Dasara high-power poll on Tuesday. With Arjuna (that carries the gold howdah) from the guide, Abhimanyu and two female elephants will probably be a part of this procession.
Rather than distinguished personalities, a group of corona musicians — physicians, nurses, ASHA employees, pourakarmikas and police employees — will inaugurate the festival this season.
Kannada and culture ministry CT Ravi said conventional events will be held in Chamundeshwari temple and Amba Vilas Palace assumptions by ensuring social distancing.
Illumination is going to be restricted to important traffic islands in Mysuru. Film festival, adventure sports, meals mela, exhibitions, Yuva Dasara and torchlight parade are cancelled. Dasara wrestling is going to be a nominal occasion. The authorities made a decision to give Rs 10 crore for its festival and also prohibit sale of Chinese toys and goods in the occasion.