Gajapayana, considered as the first step of Nada Habba Dasara, will be flagged off by District In-Charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad from Nagapura Girijana School premises at Veeranahosahalli in Hunsur taluk at 11 am on Aug. 28.

The first batch of Dasara pachyderms will leave for the city after the performance of traditional puja by Sreenivasa Prasad at a function in which MPs A.H. Vishwanath and R. Dhruvanarayan, PWD Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Mysore ZP President K.P. Siddaveerappa and all Legislators of Mysore district will be present as the chief guests.

The district administration, which is geared up to give a traditional welcome to the elephants at 12.30 pm at Jayamarthanda Gate of Mysore Palace on that day, is said to have initiated the process of distributing invitations for the traditional function.

A new inclusion among the elephants is 46-year-old Durgaparameshwari, presently located at Biligiriranga Hills after being sent there from Pilikula in Mangalore and separated from her three-year-old calf which has been sent to Thithimathi.

Cauvery rested: Dr. Nagaraj, in-Charge of Dasara elephants, has said that the cow elephant Cauvery from Dubare, which used to be a part of Dasara elephant brigade, has been rested this year.

He said that the elephant would be deployed only in case of need and added that Arjuna will be carrying the 750 kg golden howdah in the Jumboo Savari. He also said that Veteran Balarama will be a stand-bye to carry the howdah.

While Arjuna and Kumki elephants Sarala and Varalakshmi will leave from Balli camp, Balarama and Abhimanyu will leave from Thithimathi, and Gajendra from K. Gudi in Biligiriranga Hills will join them.

The second batch of six elephants will arrive in city before a week of the beginning of the festivities on Oct. 5.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore