Mysuru, Oct 8 : The 10-day observance of Mysore Dasara festivities by the Wadiyar Royal family comes to an end with royal procession and performing the ‘shammi pooja’ at the Bhuvenswari temple inside the palace premises here on Tuesday.
The royal affair was conducted with Mysore royal family scion Yaduveer Krishndatta Chamaraja Wadiyar , though strictly private, is also open to a few selected dignitaries. Mr Wadiyar carried the royal sword on the occasion to the temple in a procession in a car. Earlier, Promadevi Wadiyar, wife of late Srikanta Data Narasimharaja Wadiyar, and wife of Yaduveer Thrishika, watched the entire rituals. Earlier, it was done by her husband late Srikantadatta Narasimraha Wadiyar.
The initial nine days also saw the private durbar of the Mysore royal family held to commemorate Dasara festivities, the genesis of which is traced to the celebrations observed by the Vijayanagar emperors in Hampi. The baton was passed to the Wadiyars who kept alive the tradition with customary rituals adding a dash of colour with the caparisoned elephants, horses, and soldiers participating in a procession.
In the past, the Maharaja used to ascend the royal throne on all the nine days and hold a durbar while the subjects used to pay their obeisance to the ruler. Mr Wadiyar also holds the royal sword in his hand entered the temple places it near the ‘shama’ tree and offer pooja to the tree by cutting it and it was held as per the hindu calander and held since tomorrow being the ekadasi today.
Prior to this programme the famed ‘varja musti kalaga’the traditional form of wrestling was performed. The origin of the golden throne, which is the cynosure of all eyes, is obscured in mythology though history traces it to Vijayanagar while a few refer to its Mughal origins. But what is certain is that the throne was handed over to Raja Wadiyar in 1609 and has remained with the Mysore Royal family since then.
Descriptions of the king’s procession held after nine days of feasting by Domingo Paes during his visit to the kingdom of Bisnagar (Vijayanagar) and reckoned to be written in the 1520s. Almost 500 years later, the images of a bygone era unfolded in the precincts of the Amba Vilas palace to mark the Vijayadashmi procession of the royal family of Mysore here today. (UNI)