Mysuru(Mysore), September 22: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday will mark the beginning of Dussehra festival at the Chamundeshwari Temple. He will also inaugurate cultural and few sports activities at the temple which is 13 kms away from the city.Also Read - Mandatory RT-PCR Test, 14-Day Quarantine: How Airports Across Country Gearing up to Tackle Omicron Variant | Key Points 

Siddaramaiah took to Twitter today to inform that his government in the state will continue the journey towards social good. “Dasara symbolises the victory of good over evil. As statewide festivities begin, we commit to continue our journey towards social good,” wrote CM. Also Read - Karnataka Mulls Booster Shots For Frontline Workers Amid Cluster Outbreaks, Omicron Threat

“The government has worked hard to free Karnataka from social evils like hunger, homelessness, inequity and lack of opportunity,” CM wrote in another tweet. Also Read - Bengaluru Auto Rides Get Costlier From Today. Here Are The New Rates

The people of Mysuru believe that their city name is derived from demon Mahishasura who was killed by  Goddess Chamundeshwari, reported NDTV. The festival of Dussehra- also called Dasara in the state of Karnataka, is celebrated in a different manner throughout the nation but out here celebrations are done in a unique manner.

The festival here begins with elephant procession (also known as Jumbo Savari) that travels to Banni Mantapa where the ‘Banni tree’ is worshipped and this year such a sight will be witnessed on September 30. Years ago, the tree was worshipped by the kings to seek luck, blessings before heading for a war and people worship for the same reason.

As per reports, the elephants are brought here two months before Dussehra to get them used to travel route.

The idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a Mandap and seated on an elephant. The Mandap is made with gold. The Jumbo Savari starts at Mysore palace and ends at Banni Mantapa. Musical bands and dance troops also tour the city with the elephant.