On the morning of the first day of the nine nights

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King for a day. The scion of erstwhile of the royal family of Mysore, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, arrives for the private darbar at the main Amba Vilas Palace, on the first day of the ten-day Dasara festivities, in Mysore on Saturday

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The late C. Hayavadana Rao wrote in the Mysore Gazetteer:

“On the morning of the first day, His Highness, after observing the religious ceremonies, partly at the shrine of Sri Chamundeshwari on the palace premises and partly in the Durbar Hall, takes his seat on the historical throne under a salute of 21 guns and showers of flowers. There is also a presentation of arms by the palace and the State troops assembled in the arena square below. Honours from the principal temples and maths are presented followed by offerings and presentations of coconuts (phala) and coloured rice (mantrakshate) by the Vaidika Brahmins invited to the Durbar Hall.”

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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