Elephants take centre stage: Caparisoned pachyderms rehearsing for the `Jumboo Savari'; the Mysore Dasara celebrations

2006-10-01 - Mysore, India
A slice of the royal Orient of yore will be seen on Monday when majestic elephants take centre stage to add lustre to the Vijayadashami procession to mark the grand finale of the Mysore Dasara celebrations. Balarama, who is 48 years old and a veteran of 12 Dasara processions, will carry the Golden Howdah with the idol of the goddess Chamundeshwari. He was captured in 1987 in the Kattepura forests and succeeded Drona who was electrocuted in 1998 in the forests of Nagarahole.

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