The majestic "Dasera" Festival - cr Maharajah's Festival - was recently celebrated throughout India. It?
The majestic "Dasera" Festival - cr Maharajah's Festival - was recently celebrated throughout India. It commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon Ravan - a symbolic representation of good over evil. In Mysore, the popular Maharajah participation in the various ceremonies and the offering of flowers and prayers to bulls, horses, elephants and even automobiles from his Royal dais.
As thousands watched - including his family on the Palace balcony - the Maharajah - the only Indian prince who is head of his state - offered flowers from the ornate dais and then, accompanied by bodyguards in traditional dress, mounted a horse to start the colourful procession.
After a short while came the next phase in this day of historical folklore. The Maharajah dismounted from the horse and climbed steps to continue his journey in the howdah of a decorated elephant. As the procession passed the city's "Welcome Arch", a garland of flowers was raised to the howdah and the Maharajah touched it as a token of acceptance.
This elaborate ceremony continued into the dusk, and Mysore was eventually illuminated with thousands of flashing lights. The culmination of the Dasera Festival - the feast of the Goddess Durga - and a day of pageantry fast dying out in India.