Mysore, Oct. 9 (KK&KMC)- The private Durbar (Khas Durbar) of the Mysore royal family began in keeping with the tradition yesterday, marking the commencement of Navarathri celebrations.

The scion of the royal family and former MP, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, dressed in traditional robes, observed the festivity rituals. His wife Pramoda Devi Wadiyar performed the paada puja.

Wadiyar was adorned with gold bracelets (kankana dharana) by a posse of 10 Palace priests led by Chief Priest Prof. R. Janardhan. A large number of relatives of the royal family witnessed the religious ceremonies that commenced with puja performed between 9.05 am and 9.30 am.

The first puja was offered to the Saligrama Ganapathi idol, followed by navagraha puja. Wadiyar then ascended the jewel-studded golden throne that was assembled at 5 am and conducted the private Durbar in the Diwan-e-Khas Durbar Hall.

Caparisoned elephants, the silver palanquin, retinue of courtiers, the royal horse, elephant, camel and cows were paraded in the Palace premises. The durbar concluded with special puja offered at the Sri Virupaksha temple. Similar Navarathri Durbars will be held on all the nine days of the celebration from 7 pm to 7.30 pm.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore