MYSORE: Sanamma, an octogenarian, from Singamaranahalli of Hunsur taluk, had confined herself to the village all these years.
But September 23 seems to be a red-letter day in her life. On Wednesday, Sanamma, 80, was out on the city streets to witness Dasara celebrations and was awestruck by the beauty of Mysore Palace. “It looks like Kailasa (Paradise),” she said. Sanamma said though her place is 30 km from the city, she never had the opportunity to see its heritage beauty and the festivity of art and culture.
Thanks to Dasara Darshan, a novel initiative by the government to introduce Dasara to rural folk, many people like Sanamma are able to witness the celebrations.
As part of the festivities, villagers from five districts Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar are being facilitated to witness the celebrations. Besides, ferrying them to and fro from villages, the guests are also being taken for sight-seeing to Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hills and Mysore Palace and also severed lunch. All this at Rs 50!
This is the first time we are seeing the interiors of Mysore Palace, say Kendanna, 37, and Ramanayaka of Huyigowdanahalli of Hunsur taluk. “The beauty has really mesmerized us and we feel like coming again to see the Palace on our own,” they stated.
Nagesh, 48, of Moogur village of T Narasipura taluk, is here with his wife, daughter and a relative. The family feels lucky to be here and is all praise for the government’s initiative.
KSRTC divisional controller Srinivas told The Times of India that this is the second year and the response has been overwhelming.
Starting September 20, over 3,000 villagers have seen Dasara and another 5,000 villagers will be benefited till September 25. “Arrangements have been made to create awareness among villagers about the programme,” he said.
When the programme was introduced in 2008, it was restricted to only Mysore district. However, this year it is extended to five districts. “Plans are afoot to extend further in coming days,” Srinivas added.