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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.

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 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.