A colourful victory parade, led by a dozen caparisoned elephants, from the royal palace in the city centre marked the grand finale of the 11-day Dasara fest here on Tuesday.
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Unfazed by sudden rain and cloudy weather, thousands of people from across the state and country assembled along the 5km route to Bannimantap grounds where a torchlight parade in the night culminated the fest on Vijayadashmi, signifying triumph of good over evil.
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As Dasara is celebrated as a state-sponsored fest ('nada habba') along with the royal family of the Wodiyar dynasty, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah flagged off the parade at the palace gates by worshipping goddess Chamundeshwari, whose deity was placed in the 750kg golden throne astride jumbo Arjuna.
Governor Vajubhai R. Vala was the chief guest at the torchlight parade on horse drawn carriages in the grounds where about 50,000 people were enthralled by fireworks and cultural show amid tight security.
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Besides Mysuru's titular Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodiyar, Queen Mother Pramoda Devi and other royal family members, a dozen cabinet ministers, celebrities, film personalities and dignitaries watched proceedings.