Siddaramaiah promises grand Dasara celebration; Sachin to open festival?

PTI9_6_2010_000189B (File) Dasara celebration in Mysuru

The royal city of Mysuru is all set to host the world-famous Dasara 'Jamboo Savari' (traditional elephant parade) on October 11. The state government is likely to invite legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to inaugurate the festival that turns 406 years old this year.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who chaired a meeting of the high-powered committee to review the preparations for the state festival in Bengaluru, on Thursday announced that the festivities would be on a grand scale this year.

The festival will be inaugurated on October 1 at 11.40 am and will conclude on October 11.

"We hope to have a good celebration this year as we had a low-key affair last year owing to severe drought in the state. The government will release funds based on the recommendations of the expert panel," said Siddaramaiah.

The 10-day festival culminates with a grand procession, where the lead jumbo carries the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari on the 750-kg golden howdah on Vijayadashami.

Besides Sachin, the expert committee has also proposed the names of pontiff Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji and Kannada litterateurs Channaveera Kanavi and Prof K. S. Nissar Ahmad to open the festivities that draws more than five lakh tourists every year.

A major attraction of the this year's celebration would be the presence of the newly-wed royal couple– titular king Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and his wife Trishika Kumari Singh, who will perform traditional rituals and also conduct the private durbar at Amba Vilas Palace.

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