Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa (File photo)

Mysuru: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa arrived at Mysuru helipad to take part in Nada Habba Dasara. The Chief Minister wished the people of the state on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi and urged people to follow precautionary measures to avoid a surge in covid numbers that can be triggered by a large assembly of people during celebrations.

He reminded people that COVID-19 is still here and amidst the pandemic, there will be a ‘simple’ Dasara.

In a tweet in Kannada, the CM said,” As Vijayadashami symbolises the triumph of good over evil, I pray that Goddess Chamundeshwari helps us combat and get over this coronavirus pandemic and that she grants mercy towards the people’s health, happiness, and prosperity.”

The CM is scheduled to attend the Jamboo Savaari in Mysuru. Jambo Savaari or procession of caparisoned elephants, is the most awaited event of the celebrations. The procession, that normally a 5km affair winding through the thoroughfares of the city, will now be just across 270m due to the pandemic.

This year it will be restricted to the palace premises and will be witnessed by only 300 people. Only five elephants led-by captain Abhimanyu will take part in the procession. Other elephants that are taking part in the event are Vikram, Kaveri, Gopi and Vijaya. Normally, 10 or 12 elephants used to participate in Jamboo Savari.

Yediyurappa will later perform puja at the Nandi Dwaja near Balarama Gate of the Palace, in the auspicious Makara Lagna between 2.59 pm and 3.20 pm.

In the final leg of the procession, elephant Abhimanyu will carry the idol of Chamundeshwari Devi in the howdah to which CM will offer puja by showering flower petals along with other dignitaries during Kumbha lagna between 3.40 pm and 4.15 pm, as 21 cannon shots will be fired and the National Anthem is played.

Yesterday, CM was in Shivamogga and will likely visit Rajarajeshwarinagar and Sira Assembly constituencies later.

(With inputs from Suraj Suresh)

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