Balarama, along with Abhimanyu, Gajendra,Arjuna, Mary, and Sarala, set off on a ceremonial journey from Veerana Hosahalli to the palace city of Mysore. Balarama-An elephant, who has been leading the Dasara parade for years, he will carry the golden howdah from Lakshmivilas Palace to Bannimantap, during Vijayadashami.
Abhimanyu will pull the chariot of the royal musical ensemble (sangeeta goshti) and Gajendra will be the king’s special escort (pattada aane of maharaja); Arjuna will be the guide elephant. Decked in dazzling silk and satin, these majestic animals were a visual treat to the villagers of Veerana Hosahalli.
Chief conservator of forests BJ Hosmath said that the elephants will be taken care of by the forest department and will be shifted to Mysore Palace stables on August 11. The city too will give these elephants a grand, civic reception.
This journey of the elephants is the first event of the Dasara calendar, commemorating the festival. The second batch of elephants, Srirama, Kanthi, Kokila, Harsha and Vikram, will be brought to Mysore a week later.