Mahouts threaten to boycott Mysore Dasara festivities

The long march: A file photo of Dasara elephants preparing to leave the camp in the Nagarahole forest for Mysore.
The long march: A file photo of Dasara elephants preparing to leave the camp in the Nagarahole forest for Mysore.

2008-08-11 - Mysore, India , Muralidhara Khajane

As the countdown for “Gajapayana”, scheduled to be held on August 18, has began, the tribal people living in the Nagarahole forest and mahouts and kavadis (helpers) of caparisoned elephants have threatened to boycott the Dasara festivities if the State Government “fails” to concede their long-pending demands. This has put the authorities in a piquant situation. “Gajapayana” is the ceremonial event in which the elephants participating in the “Jamboo Savari” march to Mysore Palace ...

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