Lakhs of people witnessed the 403rd edition of Dasara-2013 yesterday, on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami.

The Navarathri festival, which began on Oct. 5, concluded yesterday with the grand Jumboo Savari led by the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari set in a golden howdah mounted on the caparisoned elephant Arjuna.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah launched the procession by offering puja to the Nandi Dhwaja at Kote Anjaneyaswamy temple near the Palace south gate at 1.15 pm. He then received the Guard of Honour from a platoon of armed Police.

In his message to the people of Karnataka, Siddharamaiah thanked the Rain God for blessing the State with good rains this season and filling up all the reservoirs which has brought a smile on the faces of farmers.

District In-Charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, PWD Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Ministers Vinay Kumar Sorake, T.B. Jayachandra and other dignitaries were present.

The much-awaited Dasara spectacle commenced after Siddharamaiah offered floral tributes to the idol of Chamundeshwari placed in golden howdah. Apart from the Ministers, he was accompanied by Mayor N.M. Rajeshwari, Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha and Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem.

This was followed by the 21 Gun Salute and singing of the National Anthem.

As Arjuna the elephant marched majestically at the vanguard of the procession, Kumki elephants Varalakshmi and Sarala gave him company by marching along his either sides. The procession that left the Palace at 4.03 pm, reached the Torchlight Parade Ground in Bannimantap at 6.30 pm.

Apart from the lakhs of people gathered at the Amba Vilas Palace, large crowds had gathered all along the procession route. Eager to watch the royal procession, many perched themselves on trees, hoardings and on buildings.

On the whole, it was a successful event, thanks to the elaborate arrangements made by the district administration.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore