Mysore, Oct 20 (UNI) A slice of ancient tradition unfolds on the world famous Mysore Palace premises during the nine-day Navaratri festivities.
The Mysore Royal family had always played a significant role in Dussehra festivities by performing rituals and today also the family members performed the Ayudha Pooja inside the courtyard of the palace.
Scion of the Mysore Royal family and former M P Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar offered private pooja, including pooja to weapons, followed by a 'Kusmananda' pooja (cutting of pompkin) inside the Palace. This was followed by the procession to the Bhuvaneswari temple, with the weapons carried in a golden palanquin.
The initial nine days saw the private durbar of the Mysore Royal family held to commemorate Dussehra festivities, the genesis of which was 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 the pooja celebrations.
Mr Wadiyar would complete his rituals with a procession contingent, seated in an exquisitely designed silver palanquin, proceed to the temple inside palace premises which was attended by a large number of family members and other special invitees including foreigners, tomorrow. He would also offer pooja to the Shammi tree.
Later, returning to the palace, he would worship the family deity Goddess Chamundeswari and complete his religious observance.
Reckoned to be a time honoured tradition, the Dussehra celebrations in Mysore would conjure up the romantic images of a bygone era replete with the kings and the caparisoned elephants, palaces and foot soldiers.