Friday, September 26, 2008
The chief participants in the festivities are no longer kings and queens, but politicians and government officials.
Today, Mysore's Dussehra has become a people's festival
The procession is led by caparisoned elephants carrying an idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari seated in a golden howdah.
In the days of the Wodeyars, the king used to sit in the howdah.