Mysore, Oct 4 (UNI) Preparations are in full swing for the successful conduct of the famous 'Jamboo Savari' procession on October 21, the crowning event of the world famous Mysore Dasara Festivities.
Briefing newspersons Information and tourism secretary I M Vittal Murthy said the three km procession that includes various cultural troupes, police bands and as many as 22 tableaux would march ahead of caparisoned elephants with 'Balarama' carrying the idol Goddess Chamundeshwari the presiding deity of the city of palaces.
He said special security arrangements would be in place with close circuit television cameras would be installed at important places. The department of tourism had decided to set up information centres in 25 places in and around the city. Cultural programmes would be organised at Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi hills, temple towns of Nanjangud, Somanathapura and Srirangapatna. Package tours would also be arranged apart from facilities of home stays for the convenience thousands of tourists expected to attend the nine-day.
The entire procession would be telecast live on Doordarshan.
Despite the political uncertainty in the state, the Dasara festivities would not be affected in any way and it would be held with traditional fervour and gaiety, he added.
He said the publicity campaign would begin from October 6 in the state and in other parts of the country and also abroad, he added.