Mysuru: The process of checking the weight of Dasara elephants is a routine process ahead of preparing them for the Dasara celebration every year.
On Wednesday August 10 all the nine elephants which have arrived in the City in the first batch underwent the process of checking weight at Dhanwantari Road in the City. The 63-year-old Arjuna, a former howdah carrier has appeared mighty among other pachyderms weighing 5,660 kgs.
The weight of other elephants is as follows. Abhimanyu, 4770 kgs, Gopalaswamy, 5,140 kgs, Dhananjaya, 4810 kgs, Mahendra, 4250 kgs, Bhima, 3920 kgs, Lakshmi, 2920 kgs, Chaitra, 3050 kgs and Kaveri, 3100 kgs.
Speaking to mediapersons, DCF V. Karikalan said “the health of all the elephants is significant and hence we monitor their weight to start a new food regimen for them. The elephants will gain nearly 500 kgs in one or two months. We will provide them with nutritious foods daily to keep them fit and hygienic.”
The elephants will be rehearsing within the Palace Fort till Saturday August 13 while they will be taken out from Sunday August 14 from Mysuru Palace to Bannimantapa the culmination point of Jamboo Savari to acclimatise them
with the procession route, he added.