Rehearsals for Jamboo Savari likely to start in a couple of days

MYSURU, September 9 : Six Dasara elephants made a grand entry to the iconic Mysuru palace on Wednesday.

The caparisoned jumbos were welcomed in a traditional manner at the Jayamarthanda gate of the palace.

The first batch – Arjuna, Balarama, Kaveri, Chaitra, Abhimanyu and Vikrama – was brought here recently from their respective jungle camps.

Dignitaries including Minister in-charge of Mysuru district V. Srinivas Prasad, Minister for Cooperation H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, MLAs G.T. Deve Gowda, M.K. Somashekar, Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha, and senior Forest officials were present.

Accompanied by their mahouts and kavadis, the gentle giants arrived at the palace in a procession from Aranya Bhavan where they had been staying after their arrival, The Hindu newspaper reported.

The elephants, mahouts, kavadis and their family members will stay put in the palace premises until the festivities are over. Tents have been put up for them. A tent school and an Ayurveda clinic have also been established.

Deputy Conservator of Forest Kamala told The Hindu that daily rehearsal for the jumbos is expected to start in a couple of days.EOM