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Masses gather to witness grand ‘Jambu Savari’ spectacle

Jambu Savari
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Mysuru: The city witnessed an impressive spectacle as an immense crowd flocked to the world-renowned Mysuru Dasara Jambu Savari on a Tuesday. During the auspicious Meena Lagna, precisely from 4:40 PM to 5:00 PM, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah commenced the Jambu Savari procession by offering floral tributes to the idol of Mother Chamundeshwari, who was elegantly seated in a golden howdah.

The elephant team, led by Captain Abhimanyu, played a vital role by transporting the 750 kg howdah and escorting the goddess on her journey to the Chamundeshwari statue, where she received offerings and reverence. This significant event was graced by the presence of DCM DK Shivakumar, District In-charge Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Mayor Sivakumar, DC Dr. KV Rajendra, and City Police Commissioner Ramesh Banoth.

Upon arrival at the palace stage, Abhimanyu, bearing the golden Howdah, was accompanied by the playing of the National Anthem, followed by the firing of 21 canon shots in anticipation of Jambu Savari. The procession then proceeded from the palace courtyard to Bannimantapa. Notably, Kumki elephants Lakshmi and Vijaya flanked the howdah on its left and right, with former captain Arjuna serving as the Nishane elephant, and Dhananjaya as the Nauphat elephant, among others. A highlight of the day was the participation of 200 royal family members, adorned in traditional royal attire, accompanying the Jambu Savari.

The entire 5 km route from the palace courtyard to Bannimantapa was adorned with 49 tableaus, over 50 art troupes, a police band, and the majestic Jambu ride. Security measures were firmly in place, with barricades lining Rajpath on both sides of Albert Victor Road and New Sayajirao Road, along with barricade fortifications at key locations such as Rajpatha Chamaraja Circle, Krishnaraja Circle, and Sir M. Visvesvaraya Circles to restrict public access.

An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 spectators gathered in the palace courtyard to witness the Jambu ride, while a massive audience of 4 to 5 lakh people lined the Rajpath to view the procession. Access to the palace premises was granted exclusively to individuals with authorized passes, including gold pass holders. Special seating arrangements were made for dignitaries like the Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Speaker, MLAs, High Court and Supreme Court justices, and gold card holders who enjoyed prime seating in front of the palace.

Security remained a paramount concern, with a robust police presence throughout Mysuru city, involving over 4,300 officers. The security detail was supervised by 15 SPs, incorporating units like the K.S.R.P., D.A.R., and the armed reserve force. Key locations, especially those deemed sensitive, witnessed heightened security measures, including the monitoring of suspicious individuals.

In preparation for the event, road traffic along the Jambu Savari route was effectively closed during the afternoon, allowing for one-way traffic starting from 12 noon on the roads surrounding the palace and leading to Bannimantapa. The grandeur of the day extended to a spectacular torchlight parade and thrilling adventure shows, marking the culmination of the Mysuru Dasara festivities.

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