(1)Keeping a

close watch

Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of the scion of the Mysore royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, watches proceedings from the window of her residential palace.

(2)All for a view

Some enterprising individuals drove buses close to Statue Circle to allow people to climb on top for a better view; others went one step further, finding perches atop billboards, arches… even the heritage buildings weren’t spared.

(3) Bringing the music

Aane Gaadi forms the rear of the procession, carrying members of the police band who play Carnatic music throughout the journey.

(4) Hanuman

has some fun

A folk artiste dressed as the Monkey God playfully slaps an onlooker with a swipe of his tail.

(5) In formation

Artistes fall into the natural rhythm of the Dollu Kunitha, during the Dasara procession.

(6) A touch of elegance

Arjuna and Balarama hogged the limelight, but these six elephants were reserved for the royal family’s private procession.

(Photos: M.A. Sriram)