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Mysore Police will Get Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad

Kids performing in Mysore Dasara

Mysore, the tourist hub is all set to equip its police force with a bomb detection and disposal squad. The state home minister, K J George told that the Mysore police is working on the details for creating this squad. The home ministry department of the city has especially stationed this bomb detection and disposal squad at the Mysore Dasara festival.

Kids performing in Mysore Dasara

After giving an eye to the security measures taken by the police for Mysore Dasara, the state home minister stated, “We’ve taken adequate security measures to ensure that the festival passes of peacefully. These are precautionary measures and not because of terrorist threats. There will be general alarm and the cops will take care of that.”

Night Lightning at Mysore Palace

He also had a meeting with police commissioner Mohammed A Saleem and SP Abhinav Khare and DC C Shikha. DGP Lalrokhuma Pachu was also a part of the meeting and he briefed about the security measures that are put in place to ensure smooth festive ambiance in the city. Saleem informed that they are outfitted with 50 per cent of the metal detectors, door frame as well as hand held, available with the state police for ensuring there is no lack in security. These are summoned from 12 different districts for the festival while adding that they are also installing 20 CCTV cameras at the Banni Mantap Grounds as well as opening a control room for monitoring footage.

No Special Trains for Mysore on this Dasara

train running on tracks in India

People planning to travel Mysore, the City of Palaces on this Dasara would be quite disappointed to know that there will be no extra trains to the city except on the concluding day of Vijayadashami. Therefore, people will have to depend on the road transport in this festive season. Owing to the track-doubling work, South Western Railway’s Mysore Division has come up with the decision of not running any special trains on the first nine days of Dasara.

train running on tracks in India

However, the special trains on Vijayadashami will be running up to Chamarajanagar and their schedule is yet to be decided. Vinayak R Nayak, the SWR senior divisional operations manager stated, “the extra trains on Vijayadashami will run up to Chamarajanagar, and their schedule is yet to be fixed. We don’t want to disappoint passengers, at least on the big day.”

However, for the convenience of passengers, there will be additional reservation counters at the 2nd entry of Mysore station, Chamarajapuram, Chamarajanagar, Nanjangud and Kuvempunagar. A cloak-room will also be provided along with a pay-and-use washroom on Platform No.1. Also, a food plaza will be opening at same platform on October 8. The railway division is also providing emergency medical care centre, an additional prepaid autorickshaw counter at Mysore’s 2nd entry. Along with this, the IRCTC kiosk will be assisting tourists on packaged tours.

Railway Station at Mysore

As per SWR senior divisional commercial manager, K Anil Kumar, “Twenty-four trains are running between Bangalore and Mysore in a packed schedule. Adding one more train will make a huge difference in the schedule of other trains.”  Despite so many hurdles, the railways has offered the Dasara gift of running a special train on Vijayadashami.

The Golden Throne All Set for Display in Mysore for Dasara

Traditional Dasara celebrations in Mysore Palace

The major attraction of Mysore Dasara festival, the golden throne was kept out from the strongroom of the Mysore Palace on Sunday and readied for Dasara festivities. This iconic piece of priceless heritage will be used by Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar of the earlier royal family for organizing the Khas Durbar or the private durbar.

Dasara festivities

For Mysore visitors, it’s the only opportunity of witnessing the glimpse of this royal throne as it will be again dismantled and kept in the strongroom of the Palace after the festivities of Dasara. The golden throne features a main seat, a beautiful umbrella and a series of steps leading to the royal throne. All these parts were assembled along with spiritual rituals and supervised by a group of priests on Sunday. Following this, a curtain was drawn to cover the golden throne. The throne will be kept for public display from October 5 to 13.

Traditional Dasara celebrations in Mysore Palace

Though the throne is a major part of Mysore Dasara, it is surrounded by mysteries. It is believed that it was gifted by the Mughals, a legend associated it with the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. As per to the legend, the throne was buried in Penugonda, which is now in Andhra Pradesh and was retrieved back by the Harihara-I, know to be one of the founders of Vijayanagara Empire after following the instructions of sage Vidyaranya.

Dasara Delights: Mysore Charges no Entry Tax for Inter-State Tourist Vehicles

Dasara festivities in Mysore

In order to grab the attention of tourists for Dasara celebrations from all corners of the world, the tourism department has announced several plans and works. Showcasing a gesture of goodwill, the department will free all the inter-state entry tax for vehicles starting from October 1. However, every year, this release was extended for just 15 days.

Dasara festivities in Mysore

The state Tourism Minister Deshpande told that he is trying to hold a meeting with the tourism ministers of all the states of South India. He said that, “I will discuss about having uniform entry tax and other measures that will facilitate tourists’ movement.” Rs. 15 Lakh will be exempted for Srirangapattana for Dasara festivities as a part of the promotional measures. Also, the tour packages by KSRTC and KSTDC would be launched soon.

KSTDC Dasara special package will be Mysore-Ranganatittu, Srirangapattana, Kokkare Bellur-Mysore (Rs 380), Mysore-Nanjangud, Gopalaswamy Hills, Bandipura-Mysore (Rs 390), Mysore-Srirangapattana, Talakad, Shimsha-Mysore (Rs 395), Mysore-BR Hills, K Gudi-Mysore (Rs 395) and Mysore-Byalakuppe-Madikeri-Mysore (Rs 450).

Elephants decorated on Dasara

On the other hand, KSRTC package will be Giridarshini: Bandipur Goapalswamy Hills, BR Hills, Nanjangud and Chamundi Hills (adult: Rs 325, child: Rs 160), Jaladarshini: Golden Temple (Byalakuppe), Dubare, Nisarga Dhama, Abbe Falls, Raja’s Seat, Harangi dam and KRS (adult: Rs 350, child: Rs 175), Deavadarshini: Nanjangud, Talakad, Bluf, Mudukutore, Somanathapur, Srirangapattana, and KRS (adult: Rs 250, child: Rs 125), Nagara Darshini: Nanjangud, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Mysore Palace, Srirangapattana and KRS (adult Rs 200, child: Rs 100) and Bangalore-Mysore Darshan: Bangalore, Srirangapattana, Chamunid Hills, Mysore Zoo and Mysore Palace.


Mangalore Dasara Celebrations to Start from October 5

breathtakingly beautiful view pf Mysore palace at night

With Dasara around the corner, Sri Gokarnanatha Temple, also famed as Kudroli temple is preparing to celebrate the 101st annual festival, Mangalore Dasara and Navratri from October 5 to 14. The festivities at the premises of temple will be inaugurated by Sri Kshetra Dharmastala dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade on October 10. The event will be headed by Former Union minister B Janardhan Poojary. It is expected that this 23 years old Mangalore Dasara will grab the attention of thousands of devotees.

breathtakingly beautiful view pf Mysore palace at night

The rituals of Mahanavami Utsava will begin from October 5 and the idols of Sharada and Nav Durga will be installed on the same day as a part of the festivities. The utsav will further have Pujas and rituals, which would be offered to the idols of Kooshmandini, Siddhidatri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Mahagowri, Mahakali, Adishakti, Shailaputri, Kathyayini, Skandamata and Ganapathi.

Dasara Dolls in Mysore

As a part of Dasara celebrations, various cultural programs will also be organized at temple’s Santhosha Kala Mantapa at each day during the festival. The celebrations for Vijay Dashami will be held on October 14 and the procession of Mangalore Dasara will also be held on the same day. Idols of Navadurga and Sharada will be taken as a part of the procession from the temple’s premises and it will pass through Mannagudda, Lalbagh, Lady Hill Circle, Ballabagh, PVS Circle, KS Rao Road, Ganapathi High School, Navabharath Circle, Hampankatta, Car Street and Alake. After the procession, the idols will be immersed in the pond of the temple.

Dasara Special: KSRTC Launches the ‘Hop-on Hop-Off’ Bus Service in Mysore

For the convenience of people, KSRTC has launched its special ‘Hop-On Hop-Off’ bus service today in the beautiful and royal city of Mysore. This bus service would be a regular feature even after the celebrations of much-awaited Dasara festival. The state tourism minister, R.V. Deshpande disclosed this to the media today after a meeting held with officials at the office of DC.

Dasara celebrations in Mysore

He stated that this special bus service would be based on the theme ‘Mysore on wheels’, where tourists can pay a visit to 15 different spots of the city without any hassles. The tickets for the same can be booked online through makemytrip.com. He further added that it is also proposed to run chartered flights to Mysore from Bangalore during the festival of Dasara.

Idol of Lordess Durga as a part of Dasara celebration in Mysore

The minister added by saying that they would give good publicity for Dasara at all the airports in the leading metro cities and metro rails in Delhi. In fact, the department is planning to present an exclusive short film on the festival soon. It was also proposed to convert the Dasara Exhibition into a big event with unique features, added Deshpande while referring to the Expo. He said that this year Dasara expo will have special garden for kids and senior citizens. Cleanliness would be the topmost priority and a bottle of packed drinking water would be made available without any charges to the people at ticket counter. In order to monitor security, surveillance cameras would be set up at strategic points.

Beautiful view of famous Mysore Palace at night

In a nutshell, the Minister said that the Center had passed a fund worth Rs. 5.25 Crore for developments in Palace apart from Rs. 8 Crore provided for the renovation projects of Brindavan Gardens and other spots in Mysore.