Mysuru: H.K. Patil, the Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs, and Tourism, lauded the magnificent Dasara tradition celebrated by the Maharajas of Mysore, which has captivated the world’s attention. The Minister shared these sentiments with the media after inaugurating a traditional tonga ride in the city.
Minister Patil officially launched the traditional tonga ride event, organized by the Department of Archaeology, Museums, and Heritage. The ceremony included offering Bagina to Devaraj, Commissioner of the Archaeology Department, Mayor Shivakumar, and Savita Sunil Bose, Joint Director of the Tourism Department.
Patil highlighted the rich cultural heritage of Mysore, underlining the city’s revered Dasara festival, which has a historical legacy dating back to the Vijayanagar Empire. He expressed his delight at participating in this grand cultural event, which he enjoyed with his family.
The Minister stressed the significance of heritage preservation, noting that the state boasts approximately 25,000 heritage buildings and monuments, with the government currently identifying 500 to 600 of them. Plans are underway to recognize and protect an additional 500 heritage buildings. Patil underscored the importance of collective efforts in maintaining these historical sites and encouraged public involvement.
He discussed the “Adoption of Our Monuments Program,” which encourages individuals to take responsibility for safeguarding heritage structures. Additionally, he engaged with non-resident Indians from the United States in online meetings, where around 20 individuals pledged to adopt and protect heritage landmarks, ensuring their conservation and protection.