Mysuru, sep 19: Rehearsal for Jamboo Savari, the crowning event of Mysuru Dasara festivities to be held next month, was stepped up here on Thursday with Arjuna, the lead Dasara elephants, successfully carrying the wooden howdah, which is almost the weight of golden howdah, on the procession route, in a rehearsal.
This was the first weight carrying workout for Arjuna since the start of training for Jamboo Savari. Arjuna will be carrying the Golden Howdah for the ninth time in a row, in this year’s annual event. He smoothly carried the wooden howdah along with sandbags from the palace till Bannimantap grounds about 4.5 km route that carried the weight of over 750 kgs.
Arjuna was accompanied by elephants, Kaveri and Vijaya, besides other elephants that are part of Jamboo Savari team. The wooden howdah, which weighs around 300 kg, was tied on Ajruna’s back using a crane on the palace premises.
This process requires time since the elephant needs to be calm and composed and stand steadily until the wooden howdah is tied. The sand bags that were kept inside the wooden howdah weighed around 300 kg to 350 kg, according to forest officials.
The weight carrying exercise was done to acclimatise the elephant to carry the golden howdah, which weighs around 750 kg, during the Vijayadashami procession on October 8.
Deputy Conservator of Forests, Alexander said, Arjuna completed the task without any difficulty. The load will be mounted on other elephants from tomorrow onward.
He also said, Varalakshmi, who is in her early pregnancy, did not participate in the rehearsal today. She is healthy and physically fit.
In all 11 elephants, drawn from different elephant camps, took part in the rehearsal today out of 13 elephants that will take part in the Mysuru Dasara procession. (UNI)